Can we go to the beach?
As summer approaches, many Wisconsinites are excited to spend time at our state’s many beaches. We are providing guidance to help you enjoy beaches while still protecting yourself from COVID-19. However, if beach operators cannot maintain a safe environment by ensuring physical distancing among beachgoers, DHS recommends that the beach close to the public.
General Recommendations for the Public
• If you decide to visit a beach, keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others, including on the beach, in the parking lot, and in the water.
• Do not wear a mask in the water. Continue to wear a mask when physical distancing is difficult while outside of the water.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water.
• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after putting on sunscreen, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
• Avoid using a public rest room. Keep beach visits short enough and close enough to home so that you won’t need a bathroom break.
• Change into your swimsuit before leaving home. • Plan ahead in case you need to use a public bathroom.
• Bring hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipe
• Close the toilet lid before flushing
• Air dryers or paper towel dispensers may be unavailable; bring disposable towels for drying hands if needed
• There is more risk for catching or spreading COVID-19 while traveling. If you choose to visit a beach, do so in your local community.
Can I have a rummage sale?
You and your community should cancel or postpone all in-person yard and rummage sales. It is not safe to go to public gatherings, such as yard or rummage sales, because COVID-19 is still spreading in Wisconsin. You should avoid all in-person gatherings with people who are not a part of your home. This applies to events like yard, garage, or rummage sales. Some alternatives to a traditional garage sale include, holding a no-contact yard or rummage sale by posting and selling items using a virtual community, garage sale apps, or online sales platform. These options allow sellers to sell items without physical contact with the buyer. You should consider using online payments or outdoor pickup without any close contact.
The best way to stay safe is to stay home and limit outings to essential trips only. There are other, safer, options compared to camping. You can try: backyard camping, virtual tours of national parks, or building blanket forts indoors.
Planning and Preparing
• Plan to stay local. Camp in your own community. Buy supplies and groceries in your own area to bring with you. Don’t go to stores near the campsite to get supplies. Measures like these helps to reduce the possibility that you spread COVID-19 to other areas, especially ones with fewer resources, doctors, or hospitals.
• Minimize trips away from your campground. Bring extra supplies with you such as sunscreen, insect repellent, food, and toiletries.
• Keep camping groups limited to people that you live with. If camping with others who don’t live with you, set up camp with physical distancing in mind and plan for activities that will allow you to maintain 6 feet or more of physical distance from those whom you don’t live with.
• Plan for a "Leave No Trace" camping experience. Assume garbage and recycling bins are not provided. Visitors are asked to take all of their garbage, recyclables, and other waste with them when they leave.
• Check the weather ahead of time so you can be sure to bring all the camping equipment you will need to be safe.
• If you or anyone in your group feels sick or believes they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, do not visit a campground.
Public Pools, Splash Pads and Water Parks
At this time, the Department of Health Services (DHS) recommends that all public pools, splash pads, and water parks remain closed due to the spread of COVID-19. Until we meet the benchmarks established in the roadmap to reopen Wisconsin, it is not safe to bring together groups of individuals that are not part of a single household or living unit into an environment where sustained and close contact could occur. You can track the state’s progress on these benchmarks on the DHS COVID-19 Response website. This is a rapidly evolving situation, but it is unlikely that this recommendation would be changed unless significant progress in meeting gating criteria are met. DHS understands that there are many positive benefits from visiting public pools, splash pads, and water parks. While it isn’t the same, there are other fun outdoor activities individuals and families can participate in while waiting for it to be safe to return to pools and water parks. Families or households can still enjoy bike rides, walks, and other outdoor physical activities that allow for safe physical distancing.