COVID-19

CITY OF FITCHBURG COVID-19 MESSAGE

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of closures, including City Hall, cancellations, and impacts on city operations. Check department pages, official City of Fitchburg social media channels, and FACTv for full information.

City hall staff continue to work and remain available for assistance via phone, email, or by appointment.

For a list of the impact on City operations and closures: List of modifications to all city services

Protect your health and the health of our community. Please stay home as much as possible.

More information is available throughout the rest of this page.

Notice Regarding Fitchburg Parks

Effective March 25, all playgrounds in Fitchburg parks are closed.

Stay Informed in Fitchburg

Follow FACTv for important information on city services, meetings and other news.


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A Message To Our Community Regarding Police Department Operations

Forward Dane

On May 18, 2020, Public Health Madison and Dane County issued Emergency Order #2 and launched the Forward Dane program. 

The order takes the place of the previous Safer at Home order with several modifications: 

  • Removes all restrictions on travel.
  • Opens tennis courts and disc golf courses with certain limitations.
  • Allows all businesses to perform minimum basic operations to prepare for a safe reopening.
  • Includes requirements about hygiene, cleaning, and other protective measures that must be followed by businesses that reopen.
  • Removes criminal penalty for violating the order.

The order still prohibits all gatherings, public or private, of any size, of individuals that are not part of a single household. Gatherings for limited purposes are expressly permitted in the order.

The Forward Dane program provides phased reopening guidance for all of Dane County.

Complaints & Enforcement

This  order enables local law enforcement to enforce its contents. Public Health Madison & Dane County is coordinating the overall response to complaints, primarily focusing on businesses that may be in violation. 

A few things to keep in mind:

  • You do not need special permission to leave your home.
  • Absent specific information regarding a violation, we will not stop/detain vehicles or people solely on the basis of this order.
  • Our primary method of gaining compliance with this order will be through education. Please stay home.
  • This order outlines punishment by fine. 
  • The health of our community at this time is an extremely serious matter. We ask that you do not put us, yourself, or others at risk by violating it this order.

Business Complaints

Complaints involving a non-essential business that remains open or essential businesses that are not following social distancing guidelines should be directed to Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC). 

Their Coronavirus page contains a variety of information related to the pandemic and to the "Safer at Home" order, including compliance issues.

Prior to reporting a business to PHMDC review their business list here and the order FAQ. The entirety of the order can be found below. We have also included a link the WEDC list of essential businesses. 

If, after reviewing the order, you believe the business is still in violation, email your complaint to:

compliance@publichealthmdc.com

In Progress Gathering Complaints

Complaints pertaining to an in progress public or private gathering will be addressed by our department.

When necessary, complaints regarding violations of this order should be made to us via our non-emergency number, (608)270-4300.  Complaints will be investigated and addressed as needed, and when time and resources permit.

Please reserve 911 for emergency situations.

Our resources to investigate and handle complaints pertaining to this order are limited.  Please remember it is difficult to determine a person’s activity or intent without direct contact, and while you may perceive someone to be in violation of this order, there are many valid reasons to be out of a home. We hope members of our community can be respectful of the order and our limited resources. 

We will work in conjunction with Public Health Madison & Dane County to address and investigate complaints, specifically those related to businesses.

The Bottom Line

This order has been put in place to protect our community and keep us all healthy. Please do not put friends, family, neighbors, first responders, or medical professionals, at unnecessary risk. We understand this order can be overwhelming but we, along with our partners in the medical field, believe it is vital to protect our community and keep all of us healthy and safe.

Like the rest of this pandemic, the information related to this order may evolve and change. Our goal when dealing with complaints or other concerns related to the order, or the pandemic in general, is to educate. 

We are honored to serve our community and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time.  Please remember we are still serving the community each hour, of every day. We would appreciate not being put in unnecessary risk. 

Please stay home and stay healthy. Take care of yourselves and look out for one another.

Thank you for doing your part to keep Fitchburg healthy and safe.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is the concept of maintaining distance between individuals in order to prevent the spread of germs and diseases. We prefer the use the term physical distancing to describe the six-feet distance required to prevent the spread of a disease such as COVID-19.

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Health Resources & Links

Dane County COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Public Health Madison & Dane County Coronavirus/COVID-19

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19

Mental Health Resources & Links

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Wisconsin COVID-19 Resources

Need Assistance?

211.org - Information for non-medical assistance including financial, housing, and food

Crime & Scam Prevention

Unfortunately a crisis creates opportunities for scam artists and with a whole new at-home workforce there are a host of cyber-security threats.

Stay up to date on current trends related to various scams with these resources:

FTC - Coronavirus Scam Information

We also remind you to be aware of the activity in your neighborhood. Although there are many distractions resulting from this pandemic, please remember to practice basic crime prevention tips.

Crime Prevention Tips