COVID-19 Resources

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.


Grant applications now being accepted — URGENT DEADLINES
Posted Oct. 15

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has shared the following information regarding grant programs that are now accepting applications. These grants, funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), will help Wisconsin’s small businesses and venues that serve as cultural catalysts in communities across the state.

Applications are now open for the other grants supporting tourism, entertainment and cultural venues. More information is available here or through the direct links below.

  • COVID-19 Movie Theater Grant Program: Grants totaling up to $10 million available.
    • Application deadline: 2 p.m., Oct. 28
    • Aids Wisconsin movie theater owners and operators whose operations have been negatively affected by COVID-19. Grant details and application are available here.
  • COVID-19 Lodging Property Grant ProgramGrants totaling up to $20 million available.
    • Application deadline: 2 p.m., Oct. 28
    • Support Wisconsin hotel and lodging facility owners whose businesses have been affected by COVID-19. Grant details and application are available here.
  • COVID-19 Live Music and Entertainment Venue Grant Program: Grants totaling up to $15 million available.
    • Application deadline: 2 p.m., Oct. 28
    • Assists Wisconsin’s live music and entertainment venues and operators whose operations have been negatively affected by COVID-19. Grant details and application are available here.
  • COVID-19 We’re All In Small Business Grants: An additional $50 million now available.
    • Application deadline: 11:59 p.m., Nov. 2.
    • Helps small businesses get back on their feet as they re-emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and prioritizes businesses most impacted by the pandemic including restaurants and taverns. Grant details and application are available here.

Information regarding all DOA administered COVID-19 relief programs is available here.

Tourism Relief to Accelerate Vitality and Economic Lift (TRAVEL) Stimulus Grants have been awarded to 158 organizations totaling $11,894,966.26. The full list of recipients and more information is available here.

Middleton COVID-19 Resources

Middleton Tourism has created a list of resources to help Middleton businesses and residents navigate COVID-19 resources and information on a city, county and state level. This list was last updated Oct. 15, 2020.

Wisconsin state order
This link will take you to Gov. Tony Ever’s latest order(s).

Dane County mandatory mask order
Dane County has issued a mandatory mask order for those 5 years and older while in public spaces, unless they fall under one of the exemptions listed on the Public Health Madison & Dane County website. Face coverings are required inside any establishment that isn’t your home/temporary lodging like a hotel room, while in line to go indoors, and if taking public transportation. Individuals are not required but are encouraged to wear face coverings when outside, especially in busy areas where social distancing is difficult. More information is outlined in the link above.

Dane County requires all businesses to post mandatory mask order signage
Click on the link for a sign you can display.

Forward Dane
Dane County’s progress report for reopening phases.

Public Health Madison & Dane County
See important local health information that’s updated daily.

City of Middleton COVID-19 Alerts
View the latest information on city services.

City of Middleton COVID-19 Updates
Links to City of Middleton press releases about updates and closures.

Reputation Management
As we continue to open our businesses in Middleton and begin to welcome visitors, it’s especially important to use care with online communications. Here are some tips that can help protect your businesses’ online reputation today and tomorrow.

Middleton Chamber of Commerce resource page
Obtain updated business relief information.

SBA and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application. The application deadline was Aug. 8, 2020, but follow this link for any questions you might have.

Downtown Middleton Business Association
See a listing of businesses open with modified services during the crisis.

Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund
Use to make donations to those impacted by COVID-19.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) digital guide
Find strategies and resources for small businesses.

FEMA release: Coronavirus Rumor Control
How to distinguish between rumors and facts.

Wisconsin Restaurant Association: COVID-19 Toolkit
Tips to help food service operators.

Restaurants: Blueprint for Recovery
The National Restaurant Association has prepared a “Blueprint for Recovery” that outlines how Congress can improve the industry’s chances for survival. Centered around a $240 billion Restaurant and Food Service Industry Recovery Fund, this plan would provide dedicated government funding, tax credits, and much more to help restaurants prepare for current and future challenges as they recover over the long-term. (4/24/20)

Relief and recovery resources for your business (reopening guidelines)
WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety. See the guidelines here. (5/8/2020)

COVID-19 paid leave tax credits for small and midsize businesses
Click here

Tax credits
IRS details which employers are entitled to credits for employee retention as well as paid sick and family leave. Click here.

 

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