Re-Opening West Allis
As of Oct. 30, West Allis Health Department, along with other suburban Milwaukee County Health Departments, now strongly recommends all residents and businesses fall back to PHASE B of the Safe Opening Capacity Guidance (PDF). Guidelines/recommendations specific to Phase B include but not limited to:
- Public gatherings up to 10 people;
- Occupancy for retail establishments, bars, restaurants, and spa/salon services up to 50% capacity.
By better limiting the number of people who gather at a location, watching our physical distance, wearing face coverings, washing hands, and cleaning and disinfecting, individuals including those most at-risk will be better protected from getting COVID-19. For businesses, we encourage you to visit the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) websites for information on safe business practices in your respective industries. Businesses that do not have a safety plan can contact the Health Department for assistance in creating one. The mitigation strategies offered by these agencies can further support our collective efforts to slow the spread.
What does Phase B mean for West Allis and West Milwaukee?
Phase B recommends gatherings in homes and public venues be limited to 10 people or fewer. Phase B also suggests limiting capacity of retail establishments, bars, restaurants, and spa/salon service providers to 50% capacity.
How should I re-open or resume types of activities?
Businesses should only move through the phases of this guideline when they feel confident they can protect the health and safety of their staff and customers at each level. Businesses and organizations are reminded to use the guidance resources already available on the City of West Allis website.
What precautions can I continue to take?
The threat of COVID-19 is still very much alive in West Allis and throughout Southeast Wisconsin. It is up to each of us to play our part in protecting ourselves, our families, our customers, and our community moving forward. It is strongly recommended that individuals continue to follow physical distancing and protective measures.
What if I’m part of a vulnerable population?
All individuals, especially those in vulnerable populations, are discouraged from unnecessary gatherings and travel at this time due to the likelihood of an increase in COVID-19 cases.
- Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation guidelines for various business industry openings
- Window sign: download and print window sign (PDF) for your West Allis business to demonstrate your health safety practices
- Financial assistance opportunities for businesses
- Other business resources
- Think you have COVID-19 symptoms? Complete an online self-assessment through the Wisconsin Health Department.
- Find a COVID-19 testing site
- Donate blood - find a center near you
- West Allis community resources
Personal protective measures for us all
- Consult your primary doctor if you have symptoms of the coronavirus or think you may have been exposed
- Maintain physical distancing between people not residing in your household
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands)
- Regular cleaning high-touch surfaces
- Don’t shake hands