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Your facility safety plan is comprised of two pieces. Please email the completed Safety Plan/Risk Assessment Tool form below, plus your safety plan to CEHadmin@milwaukee.gov. Your complete safety plan is comprised of supporting documentation that addresses the components of the Risk Assessment Tool. 

Version 3, Updated 8/6/20.

Please note: For operators whose plans were submitted after the September 15th deadline, we will review your plan as soon as feasible but this may take longer than the 10 business day time frame that was previously set for those submitted before the September 15th deadline. We are happy to report we are receiving a large influx of plans and are working our way through these to ensure they are complete and addressing safety concerns as they arise. Thank you for your patience.

*Please note, safety plans may be revoked if operators are not following their approved plan. Failure to comply may result in a citation(s).

Thank you for your care and attention to the safety of the community we are all a part of. If you have further questions, please reach out to our email at CEHadmin@milwaukee.gov or call 414-286-3674.

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Restaurant and Bar COVID-19 Safety Plan

On July 30, the City of Milwaukee issued the Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely Order 4.1. This order details requirements including the need for a Restaurant and Bar COVID-19 Safety Plan to be submitted by September 15, 2020. Details from the order are below and the order itself can be found at milwaukee.gov/MMFS


Restaurants:

On or before September 15, 2020 all Restaurants are required to submit a Restaurant and Bar COVID-19 Safety plan by the Milwaukee Health Department and continue to work with the Milwaukee Health Department on the Restaurant’s plan until such plan is approved by the Milwaukee Health Department. Information about this program can be found at milwaukee.gov/MMFS. Upon approval of the Restaurant’s plan, the restrictions applicable to a Restaurant shall be governed by that Restaurant’s approved plan rather than the restrictions contained in this Section. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in a written warning, enforcement under this Order and City of Milwaukee Code of Ordinances 62-10, or notation of the failure to comply with this requirement in any future license applications submitted by the Restaurant to the City of Milwaukee.


Bars:

This includes breweries, brewpubs, wineries, distilleries, and alcohol beverage retailers. Such establishments may remain open only if they remain in compliance with the following whether inside or outside:

On or before September 15, 2020 all Bars are required to submit a Restaurant and Bar COVID-19 Safety plan by the Milwaukee Health Department and continue to work with the Milwaukee Health Department on the Bar’s plan until such plan is approved by the Milwaukee Health Department. Information about this program can be found at milwaukee.gov/MMFS. Upon approval of the Bar’s plan, the restrictions applicable to a Bar shall be governed by that Bar’s approved plan rather than the restrictions contained in this Section. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in a written warning, enforcement under this Order and City of Milwaukee Code of Ordinances 62-10, or notation of the failure to comply with this requirement in any future license applications submitted by the Bar to the City of Milwaukee.

Our website offers information and resources to get your started in developing your safety plan including a Risk Assessment Tool that should be completed and submitted along with your plan. PDF links are above.

The purpose of this tool is to assist the City of Milwaukee Health Department while reviewing an establishment’s COVID-19 Safety Plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. The establishment’s COVID SAFETY PLAN must address all the items listed and must be included with the submission of this document below to be considered. If elements are missing or need improvement, feedback will be provided and the establishment may resubmit the plan for review. It will be handled in the order it was received. It is important for the City of Milwaukee Health Department and other partners to work together to determine what is feasible, practical and acceptable given the unique needs and circumstances of the local community. Maintain regular communication about transmission in your area and adjust operations accordingly.

Complaint/Enforcement Process:

Step 1: COMPLAINT RECEIVED - If we receive a complaint of non-compliance it will be assigned to the district inspector or weekend staff to investigate. Please note noncompliance can also documented during our routine and weekend inspection work and follow this same process.

Step 2: ONSITE INSPECTION - We will do an onsite inspection of the complaint to confirm compliance. If the operator is not in compliance, the inspector will issue a citation to the business. An establishment may be cited for each violation at $500 for mask noncompliance and $2,500 each for physical distancing, operating outside capacity restrictions and any other violation of the orders.

Step 3: ADDITIONAL NONCOMPLIANCE - If another complaint for the same establishment is received or witnessed during routine/weekend inspection work we will follow up with the same process in Step 2. If compliance is not witnessed, a $5,000 citation shall be issued per violation in the order and if mask noncompliance is witnessed a $500 citation will be issued for that.

If a business continues to be noncompliant their COVID safety plan may be revoked. Additionally they will be referred to the License Committee who will determine if revocation or suspension of the license is warranted. Citations will be issued for continued noncompliance.

Please note the administrative fees and totals for the citation amounts below:

  • $500 with administrative fees totals $691
  • $2,500 with administrative fees totals $3,226
  • $5,000 with administrative fees totals $6,300
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