What’s Allowed in Emergency Order #10?

What’s Allowed in Emergency Order #10?

Posted on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 at 11:09 am

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A new public health order went into effect at 12:01am on November 18. Aside from gathering limits, little has changed in this order from the previous order. We’ve outlined the changes below and included some common questions we’re getting.

ItemOrder #9 pdf  Was in effect from September 2 to November 17Order #10 pdf  In effect as of 12:01am on November 18 and expires on December 16 at 12:01am
Indoor gatheringsAllows indoor gatherings of up to 10 people, with physical distancing and face coverings.Prohibits indoor gatherings of any size. A gathering could be socializing with just one other person you don’t live with. It also includes in-person games, sports, competitions, group exercise classes, meetings, trainings, movies, events, and conferences.
Outdoor gatheringsAllows outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, with physical distancing.Limits outdoor gatherings to 10 people (not including employees) who are not from the same household. You must be physically distanced from anyone you don’t live with. Outdoor gatherings could include in-person games, sports, competitions, group exercise classes, meetings, trainings, movies, events, and conferences.
SportsCourts and fields are open with physical distancing. Sport competitions among low risk sports are allowed, with physical distancing. Medium and high risk sports game and competitions between teams are not allowed. Medium risk and high risk sports may play games if the games are played within teams and games are modified to ensure 6 feet physical distancing. Practices, drills, catch, instructional lessons, etc. are allowed with 6 feet physical distancing. This applies to low, medium, and high risk sports. Indoor gyms, courts, swimming pools can operate at 50% capacity and 6 feet physical distancing is maintained at all times.Courts and fields will remain open. Physical distancing is required. All sports activities are gatherings and are prohibited inside among people who do not live together. Sports activities are limited to ten individuals who are not from the same household if played outside. Games and competitions are allowed for low risk sports if played outside and are limited to 10 individuals who are not from the same household. Low risk sports are those that can be done individually or with physical distancing. Games and competitions are not allowed between teams for medium and high-risk sports. However, games and competitions within teams would be allowed, if the events are modified to ensure physical distancing is maintained at all times, are played outside, and are limited to 10 individuals not from the same household. Indoor gyms, courts, swimming pools can operate at 50% capacity as long as no scheduled activities are taking place, people are using the facility on their own or with members of their own household, and 6 feet physical distancing is maintained at all times.
Gyms & Fitness ClassesGyms are allowed to open to 50% capacity. Saunas and steam rooms are closed. Allows indoor fitness classes if physical distancing could be maintained. No limit on outdoor fitness classesGyms still allowed to open to 50% capacity. Saunas and steam rooms still closed. Prohibits indoor group exercise classes for people not from the same household. Outdoor exercise classes are limited to 10 people. Indoor gyms, courts, swimming pools can operate at 50% capacity as long as no scheduled activities are taking place, people are using the facility on their own or with members of their own household, and 6 feet physical distancing is maintained at all times.
Face coveringsMasks are required for most people 5 years of age and older when in an enclosed space with people you don’t live with. This includes inside buildings and vehicles where people you don’t live with are present. It also includes when standing in a line, when waiting for food and drink outside at a restaurant, and in a park structure. Face coverings are strongly recommended outdoors when it is not possible to physically distance.No change
ChildcareIndividual groups or classrooms may not contain more than 15 children. There should be no interaction or contact between individual groups or classrooms, and there should be physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.No change
SchoolsStudents and staff must wear a face covering, if possible, inside the building and on school buses. Social distancing also must be practiced inside classrooms, on buses and on school grounds. The Wisconsin Supreme Court entered a temporary injunction pdf  that allows K-12 schools in Dane County to fully open for in-person instruction. The Court has issued a briefing schedule and will be scheduling oral arguments to hear the case. We are disappointed in this decision and strongly urge all schools to continue voluntary phasing-in of classes for in-person instruction for grades 3-12 per Public Health Madison & Dane County recommendations.No change

Note: This order does have changes related to sports. An exception to sports as outlined above is gym/phy ed class, that is part of the typical school day and for educational credit. Gym/phy ed class does not need to follow mass gathering limits because gym/phy ed class is considered educational instruction and due to the school injunction is allowable. However, gym/phy ed classes need to follow other aspects of the school requirements.
Colleges and UniversitiesColleges and universities may set their own practices but may not open group living quarters without “strict policies that ensure safe living conditions.”No change
BusinessesLimits businesses to 50% of approved building capacity. Must have written cleaning and hygiene policies in place.Indoor gatherings are prohibited. A gathering includes meetings, trainings, events, and conferences.
Personal Services (e.g., salons, spas, tattoo shops, tanning salons, nail salons, barber shops)Limits businesses to 50% of approved building capacity and requires written hygiene policies. Chairs, tables and work stations must be spaced at least six feet apart from one another.No change
Restaurants and TavernsRestaurants Indoor dine-in capacity limited to 25% of approved seating capacity levels, with physical distancing between people who do not live together. Tables are limited to 6 people from the same household or living unit. Outdoor seating is allowed with physical distancing. Customers must wear masks when not actively eating and drinking. Must have written cleaning and hygiene policies in place. Taverns Indoor seating at taverns is not allowed; customers may enter taverns only to order, pick-up, and pay for food or beverage. Outdoor seating is allowed with physical distancing. Customers must wear masks when not actively eating and drinking. Must have written cleaning and hygiene policies in place.No change
Religious and Spiritual EntitiesReligious worship services are exempt from gathering requirements. Any other event outside of a religious service or practice, like picnics or staff meetings, are limited to 10 people inside and 25 people outside. These entities must have written cleaning and hygiene policies in place.Any other event outside of a religious service or practice, like picnics or staff meetings, are not allowed inside. These events outside are limited to 10 people that are not from the same household. Other requirements unchanged.

Common Questions

Are one on one services allowed?

  • Can I go to the salon?
  • Can my kid still have their piano lesson with just the instructor?

Yes, one on one services like this are still allowed.

Is anyone I don’t live with able to enter my home?

  • Can I have a plumber fix my sink?
  • Can my kids’ nanny come over?
  • Can my elderly father’s home health aide go inside his apartment?

Yes, all these examples are allowed because they are offering a service. If, for example, your plumber is also your friend and just came over for happy hour or to hang out, that would be a gathering that is not allowed indoors.

Child care has not changed with the order. Health and human services are still allowed.