By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Oct 26, 2020 at 6:56 PM

With rising COVID case numbers across the city and state, the City of Milwaukee Health Department today announced updated restrictions on public gatherings, limiting indoor public events to 10 people maximum and outdoor public events to 25 people maximum.

The new restrictions, which will go into effect beginning Thursday, Oct. 29, restrict public gathering sizes to either 25 percent capacity, one person per 30 square feet of public floor space, or to 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors (not including employees) – whichever amount is less. For bars and restaurants without a city-approved COVID safety plan, occupancy is dropped to the lesser of either 25 percent capacity or one person per 30 square feet of floor space. Guests must be seated (save for when arriving, leaving or going to the bathroom) and social distancing must followed.

Meanwhile, religious and political gatherings are allowed 100 people maximum, while dance floors have been prohibited for the time being.

“As we evaluate the metrics the Milwaukee Health Department monitors, it is clear we have entered a more dangerous period of COVID-19 infections,” Interim Health Commissioner Marlaina Jackson said, in a press release. “It is important that we take additional steps to protect the people of Milwaukee. Our goal is to get the indicators and gating criteria to head back in the right direction so we can move forward with reopening and moving Milwaukee forward.”

To read the entire new updated health order, click here

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.