On Thursday, June 04, 2020, Waukesha County Public Health expanded its large gathering recommendation to advise up to 100 people may congregate in a social setting in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. The previous recommendation advised that groups of up to 50 people could gather.
“Waukesha County is taking a measured approach to reopening so that we can stay safe and stay open,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “The decision to increase the large gathering recommendation is based on a methodical course of action knowing that positive cases in Waukesha County have remained stable, hospitals can safely treat all patients in the area, testing capacity has dramatically increased, and our team of public health nurses and contact tracers are growing.”
Waukesha County’s large gathering recommendation advises that social settings of more than 100 people be avoided, with social distancing and other mitigation practices in place. All individuals, when in public, at county parks, outdoor recreation areas, or at shopping malls or similar locations should consider maximizing physical distance from others. The large gathering guidance has been issued as a recommendation, rather than an order, to allow residents to safely conduct business and other activities moving forward. These recommendations provide industries with flexibility to resume operations while being mindful of CDC recommendations.
Waukesha County will reevaluate its large gathering recommendation toward the end of June. The recommended number of people that should socially gather may either increase or decrease based upon the status of area hospitals and other data. In the case of a dramatic increase in cases of COVID-19 in the county, or the inability of area hospitals to care for patients in need of treatment, the county may be forced to issue orders to help reduce the spread of the disease.
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Is Waukesha County’s large gathering recommendation an order?
Waukesha County has issued a set of recommendations for county residents and businesses, rather than orders, to allow them to safely conduct business and other activities moving forward. These recommendations provide industries with flexibility to resume operations while being mindful of CDC recommendations.
My planned event will likely attract more people than the large gathering recommendation. If everyone is socially distanced or I have separate spaces to accommodate everyone in smaller groups, will it count as several smaller gatherings?
Even when people are split into different rooms or areas, sharing facilities or spaces such as bathrooms, a concessions stand, parking lot, or travel flow while walking on paths means it is likely the groups in that crowd will comingle and be exposed to each other.
Regardless of the size of the gathering, social distancing protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are recommended to be followed as much as possible.
Community Resources that provide more information about specific activities are available here.
When will the large gathering recommendation change?
Waukesha County will continue to evaluate its current large gathering recommendation based upon the status of area hospitals and other gating criteria, which can be seen here.
Will Waukesha County increase the group size in its large gathering recommendation?
The recommended number of people to gather may either increase or decrease. In the case of a dramatic increase in cases of COVID-19 in the county, or the inability of area hospitals to care for patients in need of treatment, the county may be forced to issue orders to help reduce the spread of the disease.