City of Milwaukee announces Order 4.4; changes to gathering limits

The City of Milwaukee Health Department announced revisions to its COVID-19 Public Health Plan. The new Order 4.4 will go into effect Friday, Feb. 5, and it includes changes to the city’s gathering policies. Order 4.4 retains a mask requirement, proper social distancing and other protective measure requirements.

Marquette’s current approved plan limits gatherings to 50 people, with an exception for Mass which is limited to 100 in space that allows for proper social distancing. Campus indoor spaces are currently optimized for proper physical distancing and room capacity, and the university is assessing the new order and how it will affect campus events. The new order will not affect classrooms or labs.

Under Order 4.4, indoor and outdoor gatherings can now include the lesser of 25% of the maximum capacity of a space, or the capacity of people distanced to one person per 30 square feet, up to a maximum of 250 people if masks are worn, attendees stay seated and there is sufficient space for distancing. The university may continue to limit event gatherings at its discretion in order to mitigate the spread of the virus on campus and in our community.

Larger entertainment venues in the city may exceed the 250-person limit with an approved plan from the Milwaukee health department. As previously shared in Marquette Today, the university is assessing its Commencement plans for spring and will continue to monitor public health orders and consult health experts to determine if there is an opportunity to safely stage a hybrid event. More details will be available this spring if that becomes a possibility.