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COVID-19: Information for travelers

Updated July 30, 2020

Let's Go Wisconsin - support the state's Travel Pledge

Business and health care organizations from across Wisconsin have put together a message encouraging residents and visitors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing, wearing a mask and washing their hands.

Travel Wisconsin is also asking those who are considering travel to follow local guidelines and regulations in communities they visit. Learn more about Wisconsin's Travel Pledge and Travel Wisconsin's #WeAreAllIn initiative.


Business statuses

Businesses are starting to reopen and some are incorporating suggestions for social distancing. Unsure if a business is open? Click here to see if the business has entered their current hours and situations in our map tool.



What's the situation in Wisconsin and Rusk county right now?

The state of Wisconsin's "Safer at Home" order ended May 13, but many cities and counties have made their own proclamations or announcements regarding travel and business restrictions. Be sure to check with your local community or governing body for the latest. 

While Rusk County has not issued a travel order at this time, the Rusk County Public Health Department on May 15 issued recommendations for travelers.  See the recommendations here, see more travel information on the Health Department's page here and get breaking updates on its Facebook page here. The county has a COVID-19 webpage with some other key resources here.

What does that mean for travel? Can I come to Rusk County?

Many of Rusk County's businesses, including lodging properties, restaurants and stores are open to customers but may have restrictions in place. Please check with individual businesses you're planning to visit to see if they're open and what measures they have in place. See Rusk County Travel Safer guidelines here.

How many COVID-19 cases have there been in Rusk County?

The first COVID-19 case occurred in Rusk County on April 3. See the latest county-by-county information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services here.



Are Rusk County's parks, trails and other recreational areas open?

As of this writing, most of the Rusk County's recreational area, including trails are open. Camping in Rusk County parks opened May 21. It's recommended that people using outdoor facilities take precautions. Here's a tip sheet on how to stay safe outdoors.


Lodging, restaurants & shopping, events

Are Rusk County's lodging properties, restaurants, stores and other businesses open?

Lodging properties were allowed to continue operations even during the Safer at Home order. Please contact individual properties if you have questions.

Many of Rusk County's other businesses have reopened with some restrictions, and many restaurants have increased their offerings as well. Again, please contact specific bars and restaurants, shops and attractions with questions. 

What about events?

Many upcoming Rusk County events have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact event organizers for the latest information.