With the Supreme Court decision on May 13th, the “Safer at Home” orders have been lifted. There are currently no additional orders in place in the City of Waukesha for businesses and organizations.
The health and safety of all residents in our community remains a top priority. The COVID-19 virus is still present in our community. We continue to ask that everyone take personal responsibility for stopping the spread of the virus.
All businesses looking to re-open, are asked to follow the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation reopening guidelines ( https://wedc.org/reopen-guidelines/). The guidelines provide industry specific safe business practices.
All residents are asked to continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for preventing the spread of the virus including:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick and with other people outside of your home
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect regularly
You can review all the CDC guidelines here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
The City will continue to work closely with the Waukesha County Health Department on responding and preventing the spread of the virus in our community.
Closures, Cancellations and Service Modifications:
- The City is conducting necessary meetings virtually. You can find all the meeting agendas and information on accessing the meetings here.
- There have been numerous security problems in opening up meetings for anyone to “enter” a virtual meeting. The City has developed a specific process in order to allow the public to provide comments, while also making sure that the meeting is conducted appropriately. More information on public comment is available here.
- City buildings will be open to the public starting on Monday, June 22nd.
- Prior to entering any City building, please review the following:
- Make sure that it is necessary for you to enter the building. Most City business can be conducted online (www.waukesha-wi.gov), by e-mail or by phone.
- Do not enter any City building if you feel unwell or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
- When in City buildings practice physical distancing (6ft between you and others) at all times.
- Wear a face covering if you are able to. Those with scheduled appointments with City staff are required to wear a face covering.
- Wash or sanitize your hands after touching surfaces
- Tax payments will NOT be accepted in-person at the Clerk’s Office. Tax payments can be mailed (201 Delafield, Waukesha, WI 53188) or made online: https://tax.waukeshacounty.gov/
- More information: https://waukesha-wi.gov/219/Clerk-Treasurer or 262-524-3550
Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry
- City Playgrounds and restrooms are open
- Tennis Courts and Pickleball Courts are currently open for singles play.
- All community special events are cancelled in June and July including Civic Band Concerts, Monday Night Movies in the Park and Tribute Tuesday Concerts. More information.
- The City will hold a reverse 4th of July parade. Parade units will be stationed along a predefined route. Those attending the parade will remain in their vehicles and drive the route. The City will not be holding the annual Fireworks display.
- After careful consideration, the City has made the difficult decision to not open the Horeb Springs Aquatic Center this year. Buchner pool was previously planned to be closed for the year for construction of a new pool.
- Building, Shelter and Special Area Rentals – Reservations on and after May 28 may be held. Capacity levels for each facility have been adjusted to meet social distancing guidelines. Permit holders will be contacted by department staff to provide options for holding or cancelling a reservation. Group size must be 50 or less or meet new capacity limits. Capacity will be re-evaluated as we move through the summer.
- Baseball / Softball – The City will be providing permitted local organizations with specific permit conditions for the use of fields. Fields will be available for practice beginning on June 1.
- Adult Softball and Kickball Leagues – The City will resume leagues beginning the week of June 8 with additional guidelines in place for the safety of facility users.
- WPRF Youth Baseball, Softball and T-ball will begin practice the week of June 8 with games starting the week of June 22 following safety considerations.
Recreation Programs – class / group size has been limited to meet social distancing guidelines and safety considerations have been put in place; some programming has been canceled as social distancing guidelines could not be met. WPRF Zoom opportunities and WPRF Virtual Recreation Center will offer additional enrichment opportunities to the community.
Summer Activity Guide is out: https://waukesha-wi.gov/462/Activity-Guides
- Daily activities are being posted on the City’s facebook/twitter feed at 3pm.
- More information: https://waukesha-wi.gov/427/Parks-Recreation-Forestry or 262-524-3737.
Waukesha Public Library
- The Library has resumed normal hours with limited operations and additional safety measures in place.
- More information: https://waukeshapubliclibrary.org/ or 262-524-3682
- To prevent the spread of COVID-19 Masks will be required to be worn at all times during Court proceedings as well as any business conducted within City Hall. You are also asked to bring your own pen. Court will be held at the Waukesha Park/Rec & Foresty Building 1900 Aviation Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188. The Judge has ordered that only 5 people will be allowed in the Court room at one time
- JUVENILE COURT ONLY will be held at 201 Delafield Street, Waukesha, WI 53188
Masks will be required to be worn at all times during Court proceedings and you are asked to bring your own pen.
- More information: https://waukesha-wi.gov/411/Municipal-Court, 262-524-3705
- Resources are being compiled for business who have been impacted by COVID-19: https://waukesha-wi.gov/1899/COVID-19-Business-Resources
- Residents should call 911 only for life-threatening emergencies. If you need to call 911, tell our emergency dispatchers if you have been diagnosed with or reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19.
- The Drop-Off Center is open. Please read all the details here.
- Garbage/Recycling: Starting on May 18th Advanced Disposal will resume bulky item pickup
- County Household Hazardous waste drop off events have resumed.
- More Information: https://waukesha-wi.gov/422/Public-Works or 262-524-3600
- Waukesha Metro Transit weekday service will return to its regular schedule starting Tuesday, May 26. Weekend service will continue to operate as scheduled.
- The Transit Center Lobby will also re-open on May 26, however, weekday hours will be limited to 7 am - 7 pm, Saturday 8:15 am to 7 pm and Sunday 9:15 am to 7 pm.
- Additional cleaning practices are in place for the buses.
- More information: https://waukesha-wi.gov/631/Transit
- The Water Utility is closed to the public
- Payments may be made in the drop box, online or by calling 262‐521‐5272
- More information: http://www.waukesha-water.com/covid-19.html
Steps we are asking you to take:
- Stay home when you are sick
- Practice social distancing
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Follow the City on social media (facebook, twitter) and sign up for our weekly e-newsletter
- Only call 911 for emergencies.
- Help us maintain the City’s wastewater system. Do not flush wipes or other similar products down the toilet. Only toilet paper should be flushed.
- Continue drinking water from your tap. The water is safe. COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water.
- Update on City Operations- May 15, 2020
- "Safer at Home" orders lifted
- Community Special Events Cancelled in June and July
- Waukesha Works Economic Recovery Grant
- What to Expect on Election Day
- Election Update- Reasons for Polling Change
- Election Update- One Polling Location
- Absentee Voting Update
- Outdoor Parks & Recreation Facilities
- City Building Closures
- Updates to Cancellations/City Business - March 16, 2020
- Program Cancellations- March 13, 2020
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Steps we are taking as a City:
- City officials are working closely with the Waukesha County Public Health Department. The Public Health Department is the best source for local information on COVID-19.
- The City does have an Emergency Management Plan which includes a response for pandemic outbreaks which we are following.
- The City has declared a State of Emergency. This declaration is in line with action taken by the Federal, State and County levels of government. This declaration enables City officials to exercise powers in an expedited manner at the local level in the interest of the health, safety, and welfare of the City of Waukesha.
- The Fire Department, Police Department, other first responders and all Departments in the City are working to keep the public safe and respond to this crisis.