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Monroe County Health Department

COVID-19 Business Toolkit

This document provides businesses and other agencies with guidance on preparing for the loosening of restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This toolkit provides sample policies, recommendations, procedures, as well as sector-specific advice for reopening safely and incrementally and to assist in taking actions to prevent a facility from being an environment where transmission occurs.

Monroe County Health Department encourages organizations to consider this guidance holistically, and apply it where able. Organizations should feel empowered to enact the solution most appropriate to their needs and should consider what their actions will be if there is another wave of COVID-19. 

The timeline for gradual reopening must be determined using public health data reflecting the number of cases, the level of access to testing, level of personal-protective equipment (PPE) available for first responders and healthcare workers, hospital readiness, and capacity for local contact tracing.

Local and state orders regarding the phased re-opening of businesses and other entities must be followed.

This document may be updated as new guidance comes out. Call (608)269-8666 with any questions.

This toolkit was adapted from the La Crosse County’s business toolkit and the Blueprint for Reopening Washington and Ozaukee Counties-FAQ. Thank you to the La Crosse County Health Department and the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department for sharing your work with other counties for adaptation.

Download the toolkit here:


We are aware that some mobile users may have problems opening the toolkit. If you want the toolkit and can’t open it, e-mail Kayleigh Day at or call 608-269-8666 to have it e-mailed to you.

Additional Resources

On May 8th, 2020, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation came out with re-opening guidelines for Wisconsin businesses and sector-specific recommendations. See here for more information:

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) also has guidance for businesses here:

Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI) has interim guidance for schools here:

Wisconsin Department of Health Services has added guidance on summer camps and recommendations for youth sports here:

Visit the CDC’s guidance for businesses here: