*On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the Coronavirus and subsequent COVID-19 a pandemic, meaning that it is a world-wide spread of disease. Locally, UW Madison and UWM have taken very cautious steps, as well as Home Depot and the NBA in suspending the rest of the season.
We love promoting family fun, but the health of our families and communities is paramount. Please follow all CDC recommendations and Waukesha County Public Health recommendations for disease prevention. If you are feeling sick or otherwise “off”, please contact your health care provider and/or stay home/remove yourself from social situations.
We are seeing more and more press releases come in by the minute. You can stay up to date below. This post will be continually updated.
Please practice proper hygiene including washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, and staying home when not feeling well. Please also consider other healthy lifestyle tips such as getting plenty of sleep and eating more healthfully and mindfully. Remember to breathe and relax and laugh, too.
For real-time cases of coronavirus, John Hopkins University created this interactive map of the world.
Coronavirus Closures and Cancellations in Waukesha County
The Milwaukee County Zoo will be closed until further notice as of March 15. Read more HERE. They are offering streaming live tours of the animals to watch from home.
UPward Sports at Fox River Church, their weekend services have been cancelled indefinitely. Read more HERE.
Hope Church in Oconomowoc has cancelled services. Please join them on Facebook Live instead.
Elmbrook Church Lake Country has suspended regular worship services until further notice. Read more HERE.
The Oconomowoc Farmer’s Market, Milwaukee Farmer’s Market, and Sussex Farmer’s Markets have been cancelled.
Blaze Pi Day-Pie Day deal has been changed to allow customers to use the deal from March 16- December 31, 2020, so there is not a long line and crowd. Details can be found HERE.
The Wildlife in Need Center is CLOSED to the public and to volunteers.
The Children’s Play Gallery in Oconomowoc will be closed until further notice. Read more HERE.
The YMCA Pabst Farms (Glacial Community YMCA) will be closed indefinitely. Read more HERE.
The Mukwonago YMCA and all the branches of the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County will be closed indefinitely. All programs and events are cancelled during this time and will not be rescheduled. Read more HERE.
The Oconomowoc Community Center has been closed indefinitely. All recreation programs held at the Community Center will be postponed indefinitely. Read more HERE.
Burn Boot Camp Lake Country (Sussex) and Burn Boot Camp Oconomowoc have closed temporarily. Read more HERE.
Cyclebar Lake Country (Oconomowoc) has temporarily closed until at least March 30. Read more HERE.
Barre District Lake County in Pewaukee is offering classes through a Facebook Group. Read more HERE for specific details and pricing.
Pure Barre Delafield has temporarily closed their studio. Read more HERE.
Petite Pas in Delafield is looking to host online classes. Read more HERE.
Starting Monday, March 16, Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. Read more HERE.
REI in Brookfield is closing retail stores indefinitely. Read more HERE.
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is temporarily closed. Read more HERE.
Amy Kavelaris has postponed her Books and Company book reading/signing. Stay tuned for the new date. Read more HERE.
Shorehaven’s Trains, Tracks, and Switches held annual in March in Oconomowoc has been cancelled. Read more HERE. Shorehaven is also on lockdown as of 3/13/2020. No visitors may enter the building.
Springs Water Park, part of the Ingleside Hotel, will be closed indefinitely. Read more HERE.
The Hope Center in Waukesha has suspended the majority of their programs, beginning March 16, 2020. Read more HERE.
Museum Day Live, which was scheduled for April 4. Has been cancelled. Read more HERE.
The Lisbon Park Department has cancelled their Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 4. Read more HERE.
The Prohealth Care Lake Walks scheduled for later this spring 2020, have been cancelled and moved to a virtual option. Read more HERE.
Family Tae Kwon Do Champions has postponed the tournament to Saturday, May 30th @ Brookfield Christian School. They have also sent out an email about their policy regards cleaning and ensuring their students are healthy.
The Milwaukee Home and Garden Show has been cancelled. It was scheduled for March 20 – 29. Read more HERE.
All Waukesha County Public Health Walk-In Services, International Travel Clinics and STD Clinic Services are closed until further notice. Read more HERE.
The Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA has cancelled/postponed the season. Read more HERE.
Upcoming concerts at the Fiserv Forum are being cancelled and postponed/rescheduled (Michael Buble/Dan and Shay).
The Milwaukee Admirals and the AHL have suspended play until further notice. Read more HERE.
Home Depot stores have cancelled their kids workshops until further notice. Read more HERE.
Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club has “ceased all activities (practices, lessons, tournaments, etc.). Read more HERE.
Katy’s Kloset in Waukesha is closed until further notice. Read more HERE.
Goldfish Swim School in Brookfield has closed and cancelled all lessons at this time. Read more HERE.
Skyzone in Waukesha/Pewaukee is closed temporarily. They hope to reopen at that time. Read more HERE.
Marcus Theatres and Movie Tavern are now closed.
The ADA (American Dental Association) has recommended that all dental offices close for 30 days. Please check with your local dental office prior to going to a previously scheduled appointment.
Bridges Library System
Bridges Library System, which operates all the public libraries in Waukesha and Jefferson County, has put out a statement regarding coronavirus and your local library. You can read it here.
To see if your local library is closed, view this link.
Children’s Wisconsin has consolidated information regarding coronavirus. You can read it here.
ProHealth Care has created a message to those they serve regarding coronavirus, including guidelines for visitation. You can read it here.
Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
The Village of Hartland
The Village of Hartland has put a message out on their Youtube channel. You can watch it here.
The Ingleside Hotel and Springs Water Park
The Ingleside Hotel and Springs Water Park has created a message regarding their policy as well as questions regarding COVID-19 and hot tubs/water. You can read it here.
Children’s Play Gallery in Oconomowoc
The Children’s Play Gallery issued a note regarding their cleaning procedure and that they will reserve the right to refuse admission on anyone appearing ill. You can read it here. *They have since closed March 16 through March 21, 2020.
Ace Hardware in Oconomowoc
Ace Hardware of Oconomowoc is still open. They have put out a note regarding their steps plus stocking of disinfecting supplies. You can read it here.
The Wisconsin Evengelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)
The president of the WELS has put out a statement regarding their actions. You can read it here.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced that they have dispensed Catholics from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass over the next two weeks, including Masses for Sundays March 15, 22 and
29. Masses will still be celebrated across the 10 counties of the archdiocese, but the obligation to attend Sunday Mass will be lifted, leaving attendance to people’s individual judgement. You can read it here.
Sendik’s has published a note about how they will be proceeding with extra cleaning measures. You can read it here.
Local owner, Kyle Bartz, has put out a coronavirus protocol. You can read it here.
Goddess and the Baker at the Corners of Brookfield
School District Updates and Closings
Oconomowoc Area School District
The Oconomowoc Area School District has a plan in place. You can read it here.
Muskego-Norway School District
The Muskego-Norway school district has a plan in place. You can read it here.
Pewaukee School District
Pewaukee School District has a policy in place. You can read it here.
Palmyra-Eagle School District
Palmyra-Eagle School District has a plan in place. You can read it here.
Education Companies are offering free subscriptions due to school closures. You can access them here.
What to do instead?
If your entire family is healthy, not feeling “off” or presenting any cold/flu/coronavirus symptoms, it’s a great time to explore nature. Take a hike, visit a park, or just a walk around your neighborhood.
Another idea is to take advantage of Creative License in Pewaukee’s Curbside Pottery To Go Kits. You can still create art in the comfort of your own home.
Take a virtual tour of one of these 12 museums.
With the upcoming election, it is highly recommended to vote via absentee voting. Details here.