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No gatherings of 10 or more in Appleton related to COVID-19 outbreak

Post Date:03/20/2020

Our Health Department has enacted a local ban on gatherings of 10 people or more due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This remains in effect until further notice.

Under the authority of Wis. Stat. § 252.03(2), I, Kurt Eggebrecht, Health Officer of the City of Appleton order a citywide moratorium on mass gatherings of 10 people or more to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This order supersedes any previous Emergency Order that conflicts with this order.

Effective at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020, all public and private mass gatherings are prohibited in the City of Appleton.

"Mass gathering" is any planned or spontaneous, public or private event or convening that will bring together or is likely to bring together 10 or more people in a single room, or single confined or enclosed space at the same time.

All gatherings that bring together or are likely to bring together less than 10 people in a single room or confined or enclosed space at the same time must:

Preserve social distancing of six feet between people, and;

Follow all other public health recommendations issued by the Appleton Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Centers for Disease Control.

Voluntary cancelation, closure, or limitations on size of gathering beyond the requirements of this order are permitted.

All bars and restaurants shall remain closed in the City of Appleton, except as provided below for restaurants.

All public and private schools and institutions of higher education in the State of Wisconsin shall remain closed for instructional and extracurricular activities. Such institutions shall remain closed for the duration of the public health emergency or until a subsequent order lifts this specific restriction.

Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, day spas, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities must remain closed effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020.

This order may include, but is not limited to mass gatherings at: public or private schools, auditoriums, theaters, movie theaters, museums, stadiums, arenas, conference rooms, meeting halls, exhibition centers, taverns, health and fitness centers, recreation centers, licensed pools, and places of worship and religious gatherings.

This order exempts the following:

MEDIA:

Media and news organizations.

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS:

Public, private, and charter schools only for non-instructional purposes, such as medication pickup, childcare services, providing meals, and when operating as polling places.

CHILDCARE LOCATIONS AND CHILDREN AND YOUTH FACILITIES:

Except as provided in State of Wisconsin Emergency Health Order #6 and DCF Guidance Order #2, childcare providers.

Group homes, shelter care facilities, runaway homes, residential care centers for children and youth, crisis stabilization centers, secured residential care centers for children and youth, Type 2 residential centers for children and youth, juvenile correction facilities, and Type 1 and Type 2 juvenile correction facilities.

GOVERNMENT:

All first responder facilities and functions, including law enforcement, EMS and firefighters.

Any facility or function necessary to respond to a disaster or public health emergency.

Except as provided for schools above, all local, state and federal government facilities and functions. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Criminal justice and correctional facilities and functions, such as jails and secured juvenile detention facilities, Huber facilities, municipal lock-ups, state correctional institutions and other similar facilities.
  • The Wisconsin Court System.
  • The Wisconsin Legislature.
  • Military and National Guard facilities.

All government entities listed under this section shall practice social distancing to the greatest extent practicable.

RELIEF FACILITIES:

Food pantries and shelter facilities, including day centers, for individuals and families.

RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS:

All residential buildings.

RETAIL AND LAUNDROMATS:

Retail establishments, including gas stations, where large numbers of people are present but are not generally within arm's length of one another for more than 10 minutes. Retail establishments shall implement social distancing.

Indoor shopping malls are not exempt and shall close.

Laundromats.

HEALTHCARE:

All healthcare facilities and related facilities, including hospitals, medical facilities, home health agencies, personal care agencies, hospices, allied health providers, acupuncturists, massage therapists, chiropractors, adult family homes, dentists, blood drives and blood banks and pharmacies.

Cafeterias and food service in health care facilities may remain open for staff and authorized visitors only, subject to the following restrictions:

  • Self-service operations of salad bars, beverage stations and buffets are prohibited.
  • Customers are prohibited from self-dispensing all unpackaged food.
  • The facility shall preserve social distancing between customers.

Detoxification and alcohol or drug treatment programs and facilities.

Long-term care and assisted living facilities, as long as the facility follows all current Department of Health Services' Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long­ Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities and all applicable U.S. Centers for Disease Control Recommendations.

Adult day care, adult day services and supportive home care.

Alcohol and drug treatment centers or similar facilities.

FACILITIES FOR VOTING:

Except for long-term care and assisted care facilities, any location or facility used as a polling location or for in-person absentee voting. If such a location or facility is prohibited elsewhere in this order, the location or facility may remain open solely for the purpose of serving as a polling location or in-person absentee voting location.

FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS:

Breweries, brewpubs, wineries, distilleries, and alcohol beverage retailers, including bars, are closed to the public except as follows:

Carryout sales of alcohol beverages and food are allowed, if permitted by state law and municipal ordinance.

Customers may enter the above establishments only for the purpose of ordering, pick up and paying for food or beverages or both. No seating may be provided, and food and drink may not be consumed on premises, either indoors or outdoors. Establishments shall preserve six feet of distance between customers during ordering and pick up.

Delivery of alcohol beverages to retail customers is prohibited, unless the customer first comes to the licensed or permitted premises to make payment in person, face-to-face.

Wineries holding direct wine shippers' permits may make deliveries of wine in accordance with their permit.

Self-service operations of salad bars, beverage stations, and buffets are prohibited.

Customers are prohibited from self-dispensing all unpackaged food.

Restaurants are closed to the public except as follows:

Restaurants may remain open for food take-out or delivery service only. Alcohol sales must comply with the regulations above.

Customers may enter the above establishments only for the purpose of ordering, pick up and paying for food or beverages or both. No seating may be provided and no food or beverages may be consumed on premises. These restrictions apply to both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Self-service operations of salad bars, beverage stations, and buffets are prohibited.

Customers are prohibited from self-dispensing all unpackaged food.

Restaurants shall preserve social distancing between customers during take-out.

LODGING:

Hotels and motels if the following requirements are met:

  • Bars and restaurants in hotels and motels must comply with the requirements in the food establishments section above.
  • Guests shall not congregate in lobbies or other common areas.
  • All residential buildings, shared rental units, homeless shelters, or other similar facilities where a person usually sleeps.

TRANSPORTATION:

Airports. Restaurants and bars in airports may remain open as long as they comply with the restrictions contained in the food establishments section above. 

Automobile service, repair and sale facilities.

Mass transportation systems including buses, bus stations, bus stops, railroad stations, trains and similar facilities, regardless of whether such facilities are public or private. Users shall practice social distancing to the greatest extent practicable.

Freight rail and other transportation systems that distribute and deliver goods.

Taxi and private transportation services.

COMMERCIAL AND NON-PROFIT ENTITIES: 

Office spaces. Such facilities shall implement social distancing, including having employees work remotely, as much as practicable.

Manufacturing, processing, distribution, and production facilities. Such facilities shall implement social distancing as much as practicable.

Job centers.

Shelter facilities, including day shelters, for individuals and families.

Prevocational group supportive employment.

Providers of veterinary care for animals.

CONSTRUCTION:

Construction sites and projects, including public works and remodeling projects.

ENERGY AND TELECOM INFRASTRUCTURE:

Utilities and all entities necessary for energy production, distribution, and maintenance.

Telecommunication companies.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Public Benefits Energy Assistance Program offices, customer service centers and public intake centers.

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND SERVICES:

Banks, credit unions and other depository institutions.

Licensed financial service providers.

Personnel necessary to perform essential functions at broker dealers and investment advisor offices.

Entities covered under this section shall maintain social distancing between customers.

FOOD PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION:

Activities necessary to cultivate and distribute food including farming, livestock, and fishing.

Food pantries and food banks.

Services, supply, packaging and other providers who are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of food production.

Retail establishments and auctions that sell animals for production agriculture, animal feed and agricultural equipment and parts.

Retail food establishments, bakeries, grocery stores, convenience stores and produce stands engaged in the retail sale of food, including pet supply, if the following requirements are met:

  • Close all seating intended for consuming food;
  • Cease self-service operations of salad bars, beverage stations, and buffets; and
  • Except for grocery stores, prohibit customers from self-dispensing all unpackaged food.

Certified farmers' markets, if the following requirements are met:

  • Prohibit customers from self-dispensing all unpackaged food; and
  • Maintain social distancing between customers and vendors.

This Order shall become effective at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020, and will continue until further notice or amended in writing by the Public Health Officer. This Order supersedes all previous Orders by the Public Health Officer. Violation or obstruction of this order is punishable by imprisonment, fines, or both pursuant to Wis. Stats. §252.03, 252.25.

Kurt Eggebrecht

Health Officer

City of Appleton

Important links for the general public:

City of Appleton

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

World Health Organization

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