COVID-19 latest guidance and resources

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Industry partner,

As promised, I will continue to send you timely updates on the impact COVID-19 will have upon our industry. I’m happy to report that state agencies are rapidly updating processes and information that could be relevant to you and your staff. I’ve included the latest below and will continue to update you as more resources come online.

Public Gatherings

Recent guidelines from the Department of Health Services (DHS) recommend cancelling or postponing gatherings of 10 people or more to help protect Wisconsinites from the spread of COVID-19. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you and the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

Unemployment Information  

During this uncertain time for both employers and workers, the Department of Workforce Development produced this helpful Frequently Asked Questions document. We encourage you to share this link with your local partners. The situation is developing rapidly, and DWD will update this site with relevant information as it becomes available.

Small Business Assistance

We know that the outbreak of COVID-19 is causing considerable uncertainty for businesses not only in Wisconsin but throughout the world. I want you to know the most updated information possible so that you can plan.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is working with the Wisconsin Economic Development Association to address the concerns of Wisconsin stakeholders and will be able to provide more details shortly.

Additionally, WEDC is working closely with Wisconsin Emergency Management and the US Small Business Administration to unlock federal relief funds. The SBA is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million per business in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

WEDC is working to ensure Wisconsin is a designated state and can access these loan funds. Once the loan funding is unlocked, Wisconsin businesses will be able to access an online portal to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million per business.

How to stay updated

I know it can be difficult keeping up with the fast-changing response to COVID-19.

  • State agencies are developing guidance and resources for Wisconsinites to stay healthy and make informed choices for themselves and their families during this time. These agencies will continue to update their websites with the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.
  • Department of Tourism industry social media will be updated frequently. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Forward together,

Sara Signature

Sara Meaney

Secretary-designee