Forward Racine

The City of Racine Public Health Department announces “Forward Racine” to guide its jurisdictions through the reopening process amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Public Health Reopening Order will be in full effect on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. subject to the jurisdictional limits of the City of Racine Public Health Department.

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“COVID-19 is the most significant threat to public health and economic viability since the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. Federal, state, and local leaders have taken unprecedented measures to protect their communities, such as the closing of schools and businesses, banning large gatherings, and placing residents under shelter-at-home orders. While these interventions have slowed the spread of COVID-19, they have also had wide-ranging effects on the local economy and social well-being of communities across the US and globally.

As we move towards reopening businesses and resuming activities within our communities, public health professionals and community leaders must make informed but difficult decisions on how and when to modify existing State Orders; weighing the economic cost of prolonged mitigation measures against a second wave of the virus. Until effective treatment or a widely-distributed vaccine becomes available, the threat of the continued expansion of the viral disease is very real.

This document reflects the thoughtful consideration given to balancing economic interests within the community against the needs of public health. Pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 252.03(1) and (2), provides broad authority and power for local health officials to prevent, control, and suppress COVID-19; provides that every local health officer “shall promptly take all measures necessary to prevent, suppress and control communicable diseases”; provides that local health officers “may do what is reasonable and necessary for prevention and suppression of disease”; and provides that local health officers “may forbid public gatherings when deemed necessary to control outbreaks or epidemics”.

Dottie-Kay Bowersox, MSA
Public Health Administrator
City of Racine, Wisconsin

Additional Information, Questions, and Enforcement Concerns / Complaints
As we progress through this pandemic, questions on the implementation of this strategy and how it affects specific organizations can be directed to the City of Racine Public Health Department at 262-636-9201 or [email protected]
In addition, enforcement concerns and complaints can be forwarded through the City of Racine Crime Stoppers by telephone (1-888-636-9330), text message [RACS to 274637(CRIMES)] or online (


Additional Resources

Businesses operating multiple services must comply with the individual criteria established for each unique service (i.e. bar or restaurant components). Where there are conflicting specifications, the most restrictive applies. Reopening guidelines may be re-evaluated with respect to the emergency public health order.

Reopen Guidelines from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation:


Follow Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and recommendations relating to disease prevention measures, including the use of face masks or cloth face covers, social distancing, and proper cleaning and sanitation. Resources are available here:

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