Visit Beloit Statement on Covid-19

As of 7/30/2020

Visit Beloit’s first and foremost concern is the health and safety of all residents in and visitors to the greater Beloit region. Our organization continues to support the local, state, and federal decisions to take proactive measures in safeguarding the public.

We have open lines of communication with our tourism-related businesses and partners to understand the economic hardships that they are experiencing.

Visit Beloit’s office is currently open for business, but we recommend calling ahead to schedule an appointment to visit us. The Beloit Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center is currently closed due to parking lot construction work around the Beloit Rest Area #22. All Visit Beloit staff are available by phone and email. Click here for staff contact information.

EMERGENCY ORDER

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued an emergency order that goes into effect on August 1 that requires a face covering to be worn at all times in the state. Read the order here.

The City of Beloit issued an order on July 6 to enact safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and it continues to be in effect. Read the order here.

REOPENING GUIDANCE

Resources that tourism-related businesses should use when reopening to employees and visitors can be found here:

We Are All In (Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation)

Relief and Recovery Resources For Your Business (Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation)

Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health and Safety of All Travelers (U.S. Travel Association, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House)

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

Wisconsin Restaurant Promise (Wisconsin Restaurant Association)

CITY OF BELOIT KEY RESTRICTIONS

  • Requiring any buildings or spaces that are open to the public to meet public health and safety practices, including (but not limited to) the requirement of physical distancing. Note this section of the resolution applies to all public spaces, including in businesses such as bars, salons and barber shops, as well as churches.
  • Requiring all individuals in the City of Beloit to comply with physical distancing requirements and protective measurements when in shared or public spaces outside of their own homes.
  • Strongly discouraging mass gatherings of over 25 individuals; mass gatherings of over 25 individuals in city-owned facilities and spaces, including parks, will be prohibited.
  • Encouraging individuals living in Beloit to stay home at their place of residence and to avoid traveling outside of Rock County.
  • Encouraging individuals who may be vulnerable to the risks of COVID-19 to take extra precautions and not leave their homes for their own personal health and safety.

HOTELS

All hotels are open, but with proactive health measures in place. Please contact your property ahead of time with any questions or concerns.

RESTAURANTS

All restaurants and bars are allowed to reopen as of May 21. Please contact businesses ahead of time for hours of operation.

RETAILERS

All retailers are allowed to reopen as of May 21. Please contact businesses ahead of time for hours of operation.

EVENTS

Before planning or attending an event found on Visit Beloit’s Facebook Page, Event Blog, or Calendar, contact the event organizer ahead of time to confirm if everything is still on as planned. Many events and festivals this summer, fall, and winter have been cancelled or postponed.

ATTRACTIONS AND OTHER BUSINESSES

We recommend calling or messaging ahead to any attraction or business you plan on visiting. Some businesses have limited hours, temporary closures, or may be implementing a reduction in operations.

Visit Beloit wants our businesses, visitors, and residents to be diligent about the decisions you make which will help slow the spread of this virus. Information and preparedness are vital to all. Utilize the resources below to keep up to date on information as it is announced.

Stay healthy and smart.

Celestino Ruffini
CEO, Visit Beloit

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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HEALTH & SAFETY

City of Beloit, Wisconsin

Rock County Public Health

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Rock County Alliance

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Madison Region Economic Partnership

U.S. Small Business Association

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Facebook Small Business Grants

United Way Blackhawk Region

Stateline Community Foundation

TRAVEL & TOURISM

Destinations International COVID-19 Travel Industry Resources

U.S. Travel Association

Wisconsin Restaurant Association

Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association

12 Sources for Travel Sentiment Data



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