COVID-19: Information for travelers
Updated October 15, 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 the #WeAreAllIn initiative.
What’s the situation in Wisconsin right now?
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued several emergency orders related to COVID-19. Emergency Order 1 requires face coverings in certain situations for people over the age of 5, and Emergency Order 3 limits public gatherings to no more than 25 percent of a room or building’s total occupancy, with some exceptions. Learn more about the emergency orders here.
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?
While some athletic tournaments and events have canceled or been postponed, the city’s parks, trails and other greenspaces are open to the public.
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.
Lodging, restaurants & shopping, events
Are West Bend’s lodging properties, restaurants, stores and other businesses open?
West Bend’s lodging properties remain open. Please contact individual properties if you have questions about their current status.
Many of West Bend’s other businesses are open with some restrictions, and many restaurants have increased their delivery and carryout offerings as well. Local shops also may offer online shopping and delivery options.
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.