New Dane County order raises capacity limits for bars, restaurants to 75%

MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County is loosening its COVID-19 restrictions in multiple areas including on capacity limits in bars and restaurants.

Public Health Madison & Dane County released the text of the order that is set to take effect May 5 and continue through June 2. The agency announced the new mandate ina press releaseThursday.

Emergency Order #16includes a number of changes from the current public health measures:

  • Gathering limits increased.
    • Indoor gatherings with food and drink: Limited to 350 or less, with physical distancing except when in transit (up from 150).
    • Indoor gatherings without food and drink: Limited to 500 people or fewer, with physical distancing, except when in transit (up from 350).
    • Outdoor gatherings: Numbers are limited to ensure people who don’t live together can maintain six feet physical distancing at all times, except when in transit.
  • Face coverings are not required when actively playing an instrument that has a bell cover, as long as people are six feet apart at all times.
  • Restaurants and taverns indoor dine-in capacity may be up to 75% of approved seating capacity, with physical distancing (up from 50% for restaurants and 25% for taverns).
  • Businesses must limit the number of individuals inside their establishment to 75% of approved capacity levels indoors (up from 50%).

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