People dine at streateries in downtown Madison

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Welcome Back to Madison

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Welcome Back to Madison

Travel looks different these days. There are so many things to consider and questions to ask before visiting another city. We’re so excited to welcome you to Madison, and we hope the information below will make you feel confident and ready to visit.

As of June 2, 2021 all public health orders have been lifted in Dane County, including mask requirements and gathering limits.

As we all know, COVID-19 is an ever-evolving situation. While we update this page regularly, we cannot guarantee information hasn’t changed since the last edit.

Page last updated: June 3, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

A family enjoys food from a food cart while sitting on a curb in downtown Madison
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Is Madison open for visitors?

Yes! We are open and excited to welcome visitors to Madison.

Are face coverings required in Madison?

As of June 2, 2021 face masks are not required in Madison or Dane County.  

However, Madison is a mask-friendly destination, and we do recommend bringing a mask with you. Public Health recommends that unvaccinated people continue to wear masks in indoor spaces, and individual businesses may require one for entry.  

The exception to this rule: Masks will still be required for all passengers and employees on public transportation through September 13. This includes on the bus, at the airport and on commercial air and rail systems.

Are face coverings required at Madison businesses?

While face masks are not required in Madison, some area businesses may still require a mask for entry. Because masks provide another layer of protection, we ask that everyone respect the choices of others during this time.

What is the vaccination rate in Dane County?

Leading the state of Wisconsin, 76 percent of eligible residents in Dane County have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Among the total population, 57 percent have completed the vaccination series, making Dane County the most vaccinated large county in the country. See the data.  

What are COVID-19 case numbers like in Dane County?

Dane County is experiencing its lowest infection rates in more than a year. Check out this dashboard to see the data.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19 in Madison?

Visit Public Health Madison & Dane County for information on testing options.

Free testing is available on-site at Alliant Energy Center, Tuesday through Saturday, through June 26. 

UW-Madison also has testing on campus for students and staff.  

Wisconsin residents can also order free, at-home saliva collection kits through The Department of Health Services also provides. Order your kit.

Where can I find additional public health information?

Additional useful COVID-19 information can be found at the websites below: 

Have more questions?

We’re happy to do our best to answer any other questions you may have. Reach out to us at or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram



Patrons fill a downtown Madison streatery on a spring evening
Photo by SV Photography

Madison restaurants are open with no restrictions. And many places have added patios or streatery spots to accommodate outdoor dining. We recommend making dining reservations, and ask that you show our hardworking hospitality staff patience and kindness, as many businesses are understaffed or training new team members.

Rather take it to go? Many restaurants are continuing to offer online ordering, to-go options and curbside pickup.

Visit our restaurants page to discover what individual restaurants are offering and what safety precautions they're taking.


Guests wearing masks check in at a hotel

Madison hotels are open and welcoming guests, and many have implemented CDC-recommended cleaning guidelines.

Visit our hotels page to find accommodations to meet your needs.

Shopping & Attractions

A woman shopping at a store during the COVID-19 pandemic
Photo by Focal Flame Photography

Madison shops, boutiques and attractions are open and ready to welcome you.  Before heading out, check the business’s website or social media channels for its hours and safety guidelines before visiting.

Outdoor Activities

A group of friends enjoy sandwiches while kayaking in front of Monona Terrace on Lake Monona
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There is so much to do outdoors in Madison. Take a look at our Explore Outdoor Madison page brimming with physically distant outdoor activities in our green spaces and on our lakes and trails — including picnic spots and special offerings. You’ll also want to read through our 12 Iconic Adventures for specific ideas of how to spend your day outdoors in Madison.

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