PHMDC Drafts New Order Further Restricting Bars and Restaurants

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MADISON–Public Health of Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) has issued a new health order, effective July 1. The order limits gathering in bars and restaurants. A recent outbreak of COVID-19 has largely been tracked back to bars and restaurants, many on State Street and near UW-Madison campus, and prompted the order.

The order restricts restaurants to a 25 percent indoor capacity, excluding employees, with tables placed six feet apart. They may also offer outdoor seating with the same six foot distancing between tables.

Bars are limited to alcohol only on site and only outdoor seating with a six foot spacing. Bars can serve food to go. Customers must remain seated at all times.

Both bars and restaurants are limited to tables of six or less, all from the same household. Restaurants and bars are asked to encourage take-out and delivery.

In addition, outdoor gatherings have been scaled back to 25 or less, not including employees. Social distance must also be maintained.

According to PHMDC , between June 13 and 26, 614 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Dane County. The 18-25 age group has been particularly hard hit by the virus, and 49 percent of those testing positive during June fell within that group.

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