DANE COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) – Dane County’s new health orders went into effect this week. The rule prohibits all indoor gatherings and limits outdoor groups to 10 people.
The language confused local traders and restaurant owners.
These businesses may continue to operate as of July, according to Madison Dane County Public Health.
“It was confusing,” said Colin Murray, owner of Knighte’s Gift Cottage, when he recalled the first time he heard the order. “I was worried it would close some or all of the stores in Dane County.”
This is where PHMDC Business Liaison Bonnie Koenig stepped in to clarify the new rule.
“Nothing has changed for the retail business,” Koenig said. “Nothing has changed for restaurants.”
Traders can continue to operate at 50% indoor capacity. Restaurants can continue to operate at 25% capacity if people follow COVID-19 guidelines.
Koenig said the purpose of the order was to limit any large gatherings of people.
“All indoor group exercises, meetings, trainings, conferences, any movies, events or indoor shows cannot happen at the moment,” Koenig said.
Murray is grateful he can stay open.
“The next 6-8 weeks are extremely important for many businesses,” Murray said. “Forty percent of their income comes in just a few weeks.”
And he will do his best to keep it that way, following the rules.
“It’s a great dance between being safe and trying to deal with the pandemic and get rid of this virus and still be able to make deals,” Murray said.
The order also did not change anything for individual service tasks, such as hairdressers or plumbers. To be more specific, this is any job that requires someone to work directly with one person or a family household.
Public health sent an update on Friday afternoon, reminding everyone to spend time with the people they live with only when they are in a public place.
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