COVID-19: Information for travelers

Updated July 30, 2020

Let’s Go Wisconsin – support the state’s Travel Pledge

Business and health care organizations from across Wisconsin have put together a message encouraging residents and visitors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing, wearing a mask and washing their hands.

Travel Wisconsin is also asking those who are considering travel to follow local guidelines and regulations in communities they visit. Learn more about Wisconsin’s Travel Pledge and Travel Wisconsin’s #WeAreAllIn initiative.

What’s the situation in Wisconsin right now?

The state of Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order ended May 13, but many cities and counties have made their own proclamations or announcements regarding travel and business restrictions. Be sure to check with your local community or governing body for the latest. 

In response to the end of the “Safer at Home” order, the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department (West Bend is in Washington County) has said it “will issue no countywide orders limiting the public or businesses at this time in response to the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic in our counties.” 

What does that mean for travel? Can I come to West Bend?

Many of West Bend’s lodging properties, restaurants and stores are open to customers but may have restrictions in place. Please check with individual businesses you’re planning to visit to see if they’re open and what measures they have in place. See a list of lodging properties here.

How many COVID-19 cases have there been in West Bend and Washington County?

See the latest information from the Washington County Health Department here.

Are West Bend’s parks, trails and other recreational areas open?

The city of West Bend announced plans May 18 to clean and prepare all its 22 playground facilities for opening ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Many of the city’s parks, trails and other spaces had remained open during the Safer at Home order.

See more city parks information here.

See Washington County parks information here.

All state trails, including the Eisenbahn State Trail, are open. See the Wisconsin DNR website for more information.

Here’s a look at some of the best biking spots in and around West Bend, and here’s a guide to exploring the Kettle Moraine area.

Lodging, restaurants & shopping, events
Are West Bend’s lodging properties, restaurants, stores and other businesses open?

Lodging properties have stayed open throughout the Safer at Home order. Please contact individual properties if you have questions about their current status.

Many of West Bend’s other businesses have reopened with some restrictions, and many restaurants have increased their offerings as well. Again, please contact specific restaurants and shops with questions. 

What about events? How about the Cache Bash?

Many upcoming West Bend events have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact event organizers for the latest information.

The annual West Bend Cache Bash, scheduled for August 7-8, has been canceled. Please mark you calendar and plan on attending next year’s West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h on August 13-14, 2021. Visit the website or follow the event on Facebook for the latest information.

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