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The Chamber has a virtual portal for employers to submit questions relating to COVID-19 and its impact on business. Responses are posted at

Submit questions about face covering requirements, the Forward Dane reopening strategy, availability of assistance for your business and more by visiting and entering the event code #ASK4BIZ (or simply click here to go directly to the page). Questions can also be submitted via email at

Good evening --

Here are the latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak and our organizational efforts to inform and ensure an effective community response.

Today's highlights include a preview of this week's Lunch(UP)date, face covering requirements in Dane County and statewide, and the week in business questions.


Gov. Tony Evers will be our guest this Thursday, Aug. 13, for the next Lunch(UP)date, the Chamber's weekly program where you can take a break and enjoy lunch while staying connected, curious and informed.

During this week's program (presented by Perkins Coie), Evers will join us to discuss the state's relief, reopening and recovery efforts.

This is your opportunity to get your questions answered; submit in advance any questions you may have for the Governor or the Chamber at

Register here.


With statewide and Dane County face covering orders both currently in effect, Public Health Madison & Dane County has released additional guidance relating to which requirements must be followed in Dane County.

According to Public Health, individuals age five and older must wear a face covering:

--Indoors and in any enclosed building where people other than members of the person’s household or living unit could be or are present.
--In line to enter any indoor space.
--Driving or riding on public transportation or in a paratransit vehicle, a taxi, a private car service vehicle, a ride-sharing vehicle or any other for-hire vehicle, or a personal vehicle where individuals not from the individual’s household or living unit are present.
--In any other confined space open to the public where individuals congregate, including but not limited to outdoor bars, outdoor restaurants and outdoor park structures.

--That does not have a valve, because a mask with a valve does not prevent droplets from escaping.

Exceptions to the orders are made for certain activities such as while actively eating or drinking, while obtaining a service that requires the temporary removal of the face covering, when necessary to confirm an individual’s identity or when engaging in work where wearing a face covering would create a risk to the individual, as determined by government safety guidelines.

Visit here for more Public Health guidance on face-covering requirements, along with information on signage, enforcement, how to discuss masks with customers, social media graphics, a fact sheet and answers to frequently asked questions.


The Forward Dane reopening plan and face covering orders are top of mind for many businesses, and we are receiving many questions related to both through our virtual portal at

Questions covered this past week include:

--Must bartenders wear masks at an outside bar?

--Are multi-family apartment buildings considered a commercial use requiring a mask sign?

--What is the correct way to wear a mask?

--Can we have live music outside in our beer garden if our tables are spaced out?

--Would a hotel be contacted by the health department during a contact tracing analysis if a guest with COVID-19 had stayed there?

Continue to submit questions here about these and other issues impacting your business, and our staff and team of regional partners will work to get you an answer. Questions can also be submitted via email at

All responses are posted on our website here.


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