Aug 24, 2020

Encouraging College Students to be Responsible as They Patronize Restaurants and Bars

Student StudyingThe University of Wisconsin System is welcoming back to campus nearly 170,000 students for in-person instruction starting Sept. 2. Educating students on campus is the best choice for their emotional well-being and educational progress, and it provides an economic and cultural benefit to Wisconsin communities.

As a result, the UW System has developed robust testing protocols to diagnose and monitor COVID-19 as one component of a comprehensive strategy to mitigate risk that includes promoting behaviors that reduce spread, maintaining healthy environments, and preparing for when someone gets sick.

We know what these students mean to our university communities and businesses. We are asking for your help to encourage responsible behavior of our students. Across our country, we have seen the consequences when large numbers of young people congregate in public settings, including bars and restaurants. Those consequences have led to the reversal or suspension of plans to provide in-person instruction.

We know that nobody wants this outcome.  The UW System, the Tavern League of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association are asking restaurants and bars to: 

  • Encourage patrons to maintain physical distance, including by setting capacity limits
  • Enforce a mask mandate inside your establishments and outdoors where applicable
  • Post signs that encourage patrons to wear a mask, watch their distance, and wash their hands
  • Follow other guidance from your local public health departments and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Letter to WRA and TLW

UW System Press Release

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association has numerous resources for restaurants on our website including information on safety best practices and ready to post signs on social distancing, mask requirements and more.

Resources for Restaurants