Wisconsin DHS recommends spring and summer gatherings be kept small and outside

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Friday recommended gatherings be kept small and outside as part of its updated activity guidelines.

DHS updated its Staying Safe in Your Community page to include recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Whether or not you are fully vaccinated, DHS says you should:

  • Keep the gathering small, preferably with only one other household.
  • Hold the gathering outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces throughout the gathering.
  • Frequently wash your hands before and after touching shared surfaces.
  • Avoid crowds and large events.
  • Avoid gathering if you are sick or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

“As we start to get back to some of the activities we love this spring and summer, it’s critical we continue following public health best practices,” said DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk. “Please continue to wear a mask in public, keep six feet apart from others, get tested if you have symptoms, and get vaccinated when you are able. These are necessary strategies while COVID-19 continues to spread and most of our state is still unvaccinated.”

DHS noted that variants of COVID-19 have been found in our state and they spread more easily and rapidly than the original strain.

Guidance for specific activities, such as graduation ceremonies and farmers markets, is also provided on the webpage. Links to detailed information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are available for most activities.

To learn more about COVID-19 and vaccine distribution in Wisconsin, visit Your Local HQ: COVID-19 Vaccine webpage here.