Latest Information for Tourism Partners
UPDATED: July 2, 2020
The Greater Green Bay CVB is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve. We are staying in close contact with multiple entities, including Brown County Health and Human Services, the City of Green Bay and other municipalities, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and the U.S. Travel Association.
The Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) highly recommends travelers follow protocols directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
- Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
- Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
- Avoid contact with people who are already sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the CDC and U.S. State Department
Should you find yourself feeling ill while in Greater Green Bay, the region is served by these major healthcare providers:
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel to Green Bay and/or Wisconsin?
Travel is no longer restricted at this time. Brown County has guidelines set for businesses to reopen to the public.
As of July 2, Wisconsin has 29,738 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 793 deaths, according to numbers released by the Department of Health Services.
The state says 563,946 tests have come back negative.
Brown County has 2,937 confirmed cases and 42 deaths as of July 2.
To track coronavirus in Wisconsin, click here.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has consistently advised the public to practice everyday preventative measures to help stop the spread of germs, as typical in the current flu and respiratory disease season. A Safer at Home order is in effect for the entire state of Wisconsin through May 26. If you are concerned about travel within the United States, please check updated CDC recommendations here.
Are there any closures of note for visitors to Green Bay, such as attractions, hotels, restaurants or meeting venues?
Gov. Tony Evers formally issues Safer at Home order through May 26. >> EMERGENCY ORDER #28 Safer at Home Order. On Monday, May 11 Emergency Order #36 went into effect to expand opportunities to certain non-essential businesses. This new order will allow standalone or strip-mall based retail stores to offer in-person shopping to up to five customers at one time while maintaining required social distancing practices. This new order also allows drive-in theatres to open with some restrictions.
On Wednesday, May 13, the Supreme Court overturned the Governor’s order. As an update to that change, locally here in Brown County, the Public Health Officer rescinded the Stay at Home order on Friday, May 15 allowing businesses to reopen following WEDC reopening guidelines.
CDC Tools & Resources for businesses and workplaces >> View tools & resources here.
Brown County Executive statement on taking responsible steps for reopening >> View statement.
When possible, practice social distancing (give yourself about 6 feet of space from other people).
Per the Safer at Home order, The Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau is currently closed to the public, but all of the staff are working remotely from home and able to assist you if anything comes up during this time.
All public schools (K-12) are closed until further notice. Colleges & universities have moved classes online.
As is true in every other American city, residents and visitors alike are asked to observe public health recommendations. These universal recommendations include washing your hands, refraining from touching your face and staying home if you’re sick, among others.
What is the impact on the tourism industry in Brown County?
The decision to cancel meetings, events and the closing of businesses such as hotels, restaurants and bars creates a significant impact on the local economy and to the workers whose jobs and livelihoods are affected by reductions in these events. More than 12,000 people in Brown County directly or indirectly depend on tourism for their job.
Additionally, the CDC has a number of handouts available for downloading and printing in multiple languages, including COVID-19 facts, information on stopping the spread of germs, and how to wash your hands. You can access those files here.
Ecolab Resources for the Hospitality Industry
Local support for Green Bay restaurants
Brown County guidelines for the reopening of restaurants and other foodservice establishments - COVID-19 Guidance for Food Service
Public Facebook Group - Keep Green Bay Thriving
*For restaurants to share any new deals/specials and changes such as offering carryout, curbside pickup, and delivery that they have never offered before.
Private restaurant owner and manager Facebook Group - GB Restaurants COVID-19 Response Group
*For restaurants to discuss action plans, get advice, and hopefully work together.
Restaurant Workers Community Foundation set up a relief fund.
A website has been created to help bartenders and servers affected by COVID-19 shutdowns. GoTipem.com, allows bartenders and servers to enter their own digital money transaction names and people can send them a "tip" of $1, $2 or $5, as you would if you were in a restaurant.
Small Business Support
WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to coronavirus emergency. >> Read Article.
Gov. Evers announces federal approval of disaster loans for small businesses. >> Read Article from Fox 11.
The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Network has created this page to anchor important resources and information amid quickly changing conditions and unprecedented measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Packers to establish COVID-19 community relief funds totaling $1.5 million >> Read Article.
Nicolet Bank starts micro-grant program to help small business customers through pandemic >> Read Article from WFRV-TV.
Free training for hotel employees offered by the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) >> Read Article.
Hotel Survival Guide: How to Reopen Profitably.