People dine at streateries in downtown Madison

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Plan a smooth trip to Madison.

Madison COVID-19 Travel Updates & FAQ

Madison, WI, is open and welcoming travelers from all over. Whether you’re planning a trip, traveling for work or looking for updates about your home city, the information below will help you plan a smooth and safe visit.

Keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic is ever-evolving, the details of this page may change from week to week.

Page last updated: April 20, 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are masks required in Madison?

The Public Health Madison & Dane County’s Face Covering Emergency Order expired as of March 1, 2022. While face coverings will not be mandated, be sure to check if specific locations or events require face coverings.

Are masks required on city transit?

Masks are optional on Metro Transit buses and facilities as of April 19, 2022. 

Will I be required to show proof of vaccination during my visit?

Requirement for proof of vaccination is determined by each business or venue. Currently, the majority of attractions and food-and-drink establishments do not require proof of vaccination.

Will I be required to show proof of vaccination at venues/events?

Many entertainment and music venues currently require or encourage either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination for entry. Remember to review and prepare for each venue's policy before attending an event.

What is the vaccination rate in Dane County?

Leading the state of Wisconsin, 79.4% of Dane County residents have completed an initial COVID-19 vaccine series and 63.2% of those ages 5+ are completely up to date on COVID-19 vaccines. 83.4% of residents older than 65 are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

This makes Dane County one of the most vaccinated large counties in the country. See the data.  

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

Visit Public Health Madison & Dane County for the most up-to-date information on testing options. Many local pharmacies and community test sites across Dane County provide testing.

Rapid drive-thru testing is available through Walgreens. 

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. Order your kit.

If you need someone to come to you, Pivotal Health can provide COVID-19 testing or care for symptoms in a home or hotel.

 


Restaurants

Patrons fill a downtown Madison streatery on a spring evening
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Know Before You Go

Madison restaurants are open, many with new features that’ll enhance your outdoor dining experience. Many places have added domes, patios, and streatery spots for unique outdoor dining experiences. It’s recommended to make a reservation and call to check the hours of the restaurant before heading out.

To Go and More Info

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.


Hotels

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
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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.


Outdoor Activities

A group of friends enjoy sandwiches while kayaking in front of Monona Terrace on Lake Monona
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Madison is a uniquely equipped city to offer a variety of outdoor experiences – from our 5 surrounding lakes to our biking trails and expansive parks. Learn more: Explore Outdoor Madison.