Indoor Gatherings Banned Through Dec. 16

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DANE COUNTY–In response to a substantial, sustained growth in new COVID-19 infections throughout Dane County, Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) is issuing Emergency Order #10, which prohibits indoor gatherings of any size. Outdoor gatherings are permitted with 10 people or less, with physical distancing. The order goes into effect on Nov. 18 at 12:01 a.m.

“This virus does not spread on its own. We spread it. Every gathering–no matter the size–is an opportunity for disease spread and prolongs the pandemic,” said Janel Heinrich, Director of PHMDC. “We are hopeful that with the community’s cooperation, we can bring our numbers down and avoid more hospitalizations and deaths.”

In-person games, sports, competitions, group exercise classes, meetings, trainings, movies, events, and conferences are all considered mass gatherings. Indoor mass gatherings of any people who do not live together are prohibited. Outdoor mass gatherings are limited to 10 people who do not live together, with physical distancing. The previous limit for gatherings was 10 indoors and 25 outdoors, with physical distancing.

The order is in effect until Dec. 16 at 12:01 a.m. and continues to require face coverings and limit the capacity for most businesses to 50 percent, along with many other provisions.

As of Nov. 17, 174 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Dane County, including 48 in the ICU. Hospitals in the southern region are strained, with many at or near capacity. From Oct. 27-Nov. 9, nine hospitals in our region reported at least one day of critical staffing shortage. One of these hospitals was within Dane County.

To read the full order, visit: https://publichealthmdc.com/documents/2020-11-17_Order_10.pdf

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