Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone affected by the health, business, education and daily life impact of COVID-19. The priority now is ensuring the health and well-being of the people who call the greater Madison area home, as well as that of the past and future visitors.
We have gathered a number of local and national resource links to help businesses and residents navigate this difficult time. We thank our elected officials and agency personnel, non-profit leaders, and especially our healthcare workers who are on the frontline of this public health pandemic.
Looking for info on visiting Madison during COVID-19? We’ve got you covered here.
Destination Madison Partners: Ensure that your listing is current with updated COVID-related amenities so visitors can support your business. Check out this how-to guide for instructions on updating your amenities.
Destination Madison has identified six paths to recovery, which we’ve developed in conversation and cooperation with our partners. You can view each of the priorities and their corresponding KPIs below.
Implement a creative, year-long marketing/storytelling program to inspire travel to Madison.
• Reach 1.5 million website pageviews (near pre-pandemic numbers)
• Increase of at least 15 percent in social media following (alongside increased engagement)
• Host a minimum of 15 travel writers in 2021
Pursue aggressive sales and sports plans to ensure competitive market advantage and to invigorate the economic engine those markets provide our community.
• Generate 100 leads
• Exceed 54,000 room nights
• Achieve a minimum of 2,080 touchpoints with meetings, events and sports planners
Engage in and support Downtown's recovery and revitalization to preserve Madison's reputation as a vibrant and desirable destination.
• Enhance positive perceptions of Downtown
• Increase Downtown pedestrian traffic
Create and foster connections between public entities, private partners and stakeholders to rebuild our economy.
• 800 participants at Destination Madison events
• Participant satisfaction (survey)
Elevate and embrace Diversity Equity Accessibility Inclusion (DEAI) inside and outside the organization to design and promote a welcoming environment and physical space for residents and visitors.
• Develop DEAI advancement roadmap for Destination Madison by engaging community partners, Board and staff.
Propel the recovery of Madison's tourism industry by ensuring critical funding is secured for Destination Madison, and vital regional workforce is recruited and developed for hospitality partners.
• City contract in place by August 30, 2021
• Implement a Workforce Development Task Force to address the workforce shortage and issues in the Madison region
Public Health Madison Dane County initiated Public Health Order #16 recently. Destination Madison worked with Public Health to provide details on what this order means for your business. Click the + symbol below to get answers to these frequently asked questions.
No, the current Emergency Order #16 will stay in effect until June 2, 2021 at 12:01am.
The guidance document linked above has some links that may be updated as needed. No other official direction is planned at this time.
No, there will be no requirements post June 2.
Yes, any approved Streateries can remain in place with the extended outdoor seating through April 12, 2022. On Tuesday, May 18, the Madison City Council approved allowing amplified music at Streateries. Amplified music will be allowed until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Impact on Tourism Industry
Public Health & Reopening Guidelines
Jobs & Business / Small Business Resources
CARES Act Relief Resources
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
SBDC COVID-19 Resource Guide
U.S. Small Business Administration
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Workplace Safety Videos (English and Spanish)
Business Relief Funds
Individual Relief Funds
Another Round Another Rally Relief Grant
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund for Service Workers
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Relief Fund
Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Program
U.S. Bartenders Guild Emergency Assistance Program