Here’s a list of everything in and around Milwaukee that’s open for Memorial Day weekend, including beaches and libraries

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Milwaukee and other area municipalities announced a flurry of openings Friday, just as Memorial Day weekend arrived.

Among the announcements Friday was everything from Milwaukee churches reopening to state parks resuming normal business hours. Here’s a list of everything open during the long weekend:

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City of Milwaukee

According to the public health order issued in Milwaukee, all public and private gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people, and businesses are also expected to have customers maintain social distancing. Businesses allowed to open include:

  • Stores that sell groceries and medicine; however indoor seating must remain closed, along with self-service operations like salad bars.
  • Retail establishments.
  • Restaurants and bars, for takeout and delivery service only.
  • Salons, spas and body art establishments. Only one client per worker is allowed on the premises at a time.
  • Parks, playground equipment, basketball and tennis courts and dog parks. Team and contact sports activities are still prohibited, however.
  • Public beaches. The city’s public pools, water parks and splash pads remain closed, however. 
  • Entertainment areas such as dance clubs, escape rooms, bowling alleys and mini-golf courses can open with no more than 10 guests at a time.
  • Fitness centers.
  • Garage and yard sales.
  • Photography studios.
  • Libraries.
  • Gas stations and other businesses needed for transportation.
  • Health care and public health operations.
  • Human services operations, such as shelters for adults, seniors, children, domestic violence victims, people with disabilities.
  • Food and beverage production and transportation.
  • Car washes.
  • Aesthetic or optional residential construction and lawn care.
  • Organizations providing charitable and social services.
  • Media.
  • Financial institutions and services.
  • Hardware and supply stores.
  • Critical trades such as pest removal and janitorial services.
  • Mail, shipping and delivery services.
  • Laundry services.
  • Transportation services, such as taxis.
  • Critical labor union functions.
  • Hotels and motels.
  • Child care businesses, which cannot operate at more than 25% capacity.

Suburban Milwaukee 

A public health order for suburban Milwaukee County businesses expired Thursday, allowing bars and restaurants to offer indoor seating and dine-in services.

Here’s a list of how some prominent businesses plan to welcome guests and customers this weekend.

State parks

Beginning Saturday, Wisconsin state park properties will return to regular operating hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced Friday.

All restrooms will remain closed through June 2 and all group campsites and shelter reservations will remain closed and canceled at least through June 7, according to a news release.

Temporary capacity restrictions will still be used as needed to prevent overcrowding at properties, the release said. Updates on capacity restrictions can be found here

Rock Island State Park, however, will remain close to all use until July 1 due to high lake levels interfering with ferry service.

The DNR also said four other properties will remain closed for the health safety of the public: Dells of The Wisconsin River State Natural Area, Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area, Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area and Pewits Nest State Natural Area.

All facilities such as towers, shelters, playgrounds, nature centers, headquarters, entrance stations and concession buildings remain closed to the public.

Contact Elliot Hughes at elliot.hughes@jrn.com or 414-704-8958. Follow him on Twitter @elliothughes12.

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