All Public and Private Mass Gatherings Prohibited by Executive Order #72

March 17, 2020

Effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all public and private mass gatherings are prohibited in Wisconsin. 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, places of worship and religious gatherings.

A “mass gathering” is any planned or spontaneous public or private event or convening that will bring together, or is likely to bring together, 50 or more people in a single room or single confined or enclosed space at the same time.


This order exempts the following:

  • Hotels and motels as long as the restaurant and bar guidelines, listed below, are followed.

  • Shopping malls and other retail establishments where large numbers of people are present but are generally not within arm’s length of one another for more than 10 minutes.

  • Restaurants, bars and retail food establishments (grocery stores, convenience stores, farmer’s markets, etc.) as long as the requirements below are followed.


Restaurants, bars, and retail food establishments must follow the requirements below:

  • If seating is offered, must operate at 50 percent of seating capacity or 50 total people, whichever is less;

  • Preserve social distancing of 6 feetbetween tables, booths, bar stools, and ordering counters;

  • Cease self-service operations of salad bars, beverage stations, buffets, etc.;

  • Prohibit customers from self-dispensing all unpackaged food and beverages.


This order will remain in effect for the duration of the public health emergency declared in Governor Evers’ Executive Order #72, or until a superseding order is issued. Violation or obstruction of this order is punishable by imprisonment, fines or both, under Wisconsin State Statute § 252.25.


For a mass gathering of less than 50 people. The Clark County Health Department recommends you take the following steps:

  • Disinfect frequently touched objects.

  • Ensure the event/facility has plenty of capacity for all people to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and provide an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.


This situation is fluid and guidance is likely to change. We will send out new information if and when it becomes available. Please call for any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation during these challenging times.

Clark County Health Department

715-743-5105

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