Good evening --
We continue to work day and night with local, state and federal authorities to inform and ensure an effective community response. Here are the latest updates:
UPDATED LIMIT ON MASS GATHERINGS
Effective at 5 p.m. today (March 17), pursuant to an order by the Department of Health Services Secretary-designee, there is an indefinite moratorium on all public and private mass gatherings with 10 or more people. Exemptions are listed in the order.
Additionally, all bars and restaurants are ordered to be closed to dine-in customers. No seating may be provided and no food may be consumed on the premises.
Starting at 5 p.m. tomorrow (March 18), K-12 public and private schools and institutions of higher education must close to instruction and extra-curricular activities for the duration of the public health emergency. This indefinitely extends the closing of schools, which were previously ordered closed until an anticipated date of April 6.
METRO TRANSIT SERVICE
Starting tomorrow (March 18), Madison Metro Transit is limiting its capacity to 15 riders per bus. The city encourages riders to use alternate forms of transportation, if available to them.
There will be reduced service for Metro beginning on Monday, March 23. See the full update here.
Our previously scheduled programming will be rescheduled. This includes our annual IceBreaker on April 30. We will share further details as they become finalized. With the complexity of being the only business event on the floor of the Kohl Center, we greatly appreciate your patience as we work to reschedule this event.
BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS
In partnership with Destination Madison and Downtown Madison, Inc., the Chamber conducted a survey to collect information on regional employer strategies and resources needed in response to the global spread of COVID-19. We received 441 responses from a broad cross-section of Greater Madison businesses, including significant representation from small business. The results are being analyzed and will be shared this week.
CHAMBER OFFICE CLOSURE
A few weeks ago, the Chamber moved its entire operations and server into the cloud. As of today, the Chamber office at 1 S. Pinckney St., Suite 330 is closed to the public until at least Monday, April 6. Our team is fully operational, working remotely and available to serve you; search our Chamber staff page for phone and email contact information for individual members of our team.
We will continue to provide regular updates as conditions evolve. We are committed to providing the best possible service to our community during this challenging time.
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