COVID-19 - Coronavirus Resources

The League is committed to helping Wisconsin’s cities and villages do their job. That includes helping you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is where you’ll find answers to questions that you and other municipal officials have been asking. If you don’t find what you need, please contact Jerry Deschane at email. His cell number is 608-347-1792. Call anytime, day or night.  

We know that you feel the responsibility is on your shoulders to inform and protect your community. You are an important part of that community, so please also take care of yourselves and your families!

Sept. 22 Public Health Emergency Declared

Gov. Evers declared a new public health emergency on Sept. 22, 2020 due to recent surge in cases among young people and issued a new face coverings order effective immediately. Executive Order #90 is available here. Emergency Order #1 (mask mandate) is available here. Both orders are effective immediately and will expire after sixty days or with a subsequent superseding order. 

Halloween and Holiday Parade Plans?

Are you wondering what other municipalities have planned for Halloween. Take a look and add your own plans to this spreadsheet created by Sarah Millard from the City of Beloit: Halloween Plans Google Spreadsheet

We've also created a Holiday Parade Google Spreadsheet

Janesville's Covid-19 Employee Process Map & Quarantine Timelines

City of Janesville Covid-19 Positive Employee Process Map (PDF) City of Janesville Quarantine Timelines (PDF)
Six-hour rapid contact training course offered free by Johns Hopkins University

Routes to Recovery Program Information 

League Virtual Roundtable

League Conference Calls will continue once a month starting again in November 2020.   

League COVID-19 Newsletters If you aren’t receiving these email newsletters, you can subscribe here.   

Please note - the League’s COVID-19 Newsletter will be sent as needed. 

August 17, 2020 - WCA Guidance, #WeAreAllIn & More
August 3, 2020 - Mask Mandate & Call to Action
July 13, 2020 - Mask Mandates & Survey
June 30, 2020 - Supplemental Routes to Recovery Update
June 29, 2020 - New PSC Guidance, Avoiding Mistakes, Next Roundtable July 14
June 22, 2020 - Routes to Recovery 5 Key Takeaways & Gov. Evers Outreach Staff to Join Roundtable
June 15, 2020 - Muni Safer at Home Tool Kit & PSC Vote
June 8, 2020 - WisconsinEye Pandemic Costs Interview, More Customizable Signs
June 1, 2020 - Routes to Recovery Funding, Public Spaces Spreadsheet, Customizable Signs
May 26, 2020 - Restaurant Assoc. on Today’s Call; Support Creative Businesses & Jobs
May 19, 2020 - Speaker Vos & Majority Leader Steineke Joining us TODAY
May 18, 2020 - Local Authority, Redistricting & State Budget
May 14, 2020 - Q&A WI Supreme Court Decision
May 11, 2020 - Roundtable Guests/Schedule, Munis Plan for Future, WEDC Reopen Guidelines
May 4, 2020 - Small Business Resources, Clerks Week! Absentee Ballot Resources
April 27, 2020 - Local Gov 101 Registration, Prop Tax Waiver of Interest FAQs, Absentee Ballots
April 21, 2020 - Alcohol Licensing & Today’s Call w/DHSWI Sec. Designee Palm (Corrected version)
April 20, 2020 - 3.5 Stimulus Bill Call to Action, League Two Question Survey
April 17, 2020 - 5 Things Needed to Restart, SaferAtHome Extended
April 16, 2020 - Breaking News - #SaferAtHome Extended
April 15, 2020 - Election Guidance including Oaths, Tracking Expenses & NLC Survey Results
April 13, 2020 - NO CALL TODAY! Last Day - FFCRA Webinar registration, $ through BCPL
April 9, 2020 - Election Absentee Ballot Update, Registration for FFCRA Webinar + More
April 8, 2020 - Election THANK YOU! Registration for FFCRA Webinar, Water Utility FAQ, FEMA Guidance
April 7, 2020 - Election Day including guidance on reporting results + FEMA webinars
April 6, 2020 - URGENT - Gov Delays Election, GOP to Appeal
April 3, 2020 - Decision in Election Lawsuit, Last Day to Fill Out Cost Survey
April 2, 2020 - CAREs Act Memo, Transit Funding, Fill Out the Cost Survey
April 1, 2020 - Election Lawsuit, Census Day is Today, New Utility FAQ
March 31, 2020 - Grant Opportunity, White House Call & Census Day
March 30, 2020 - Elections and Election Resources
March 27, 2020 - Result of Safe Elections Practices Survey & Letter from Gov. Evers
March 26, 2020 - Analysis of Safer at Home Order & Sample FFCRA Policy
March 25, 2020 - Safer at Home & PSC on Payments to Utilities
March 24, 2020 - Emergency Order Safer at Home
March 23, 2020 - Shelter in Place, Elections & Open Meetings Options
March 22, 2020 - Utility Billing & Elections
March 20, 2020 – Letter to Governor on Elections
March 19, 2020 - Emergency Order, Elections & Alcohol Sales
March 18, 2020 - Track your expenses
March 17, 2020 - Muni Emergency Powers
March 16, 2020 - Conference Call Today
March 12, 2020 - Coronavirus Update with Resources

Conference Calls and Newsletters will be provided as needed.
Wondering about League meetings and workshops?  More on that here

Policy Issues 

We will add additional categories as they become apparent and information as it becomes available. 


Emergency Powers



Libraries (American Library Association Pandemic Preparedness) 

Open Meetings

Public Facilities (Centers for Disease Control - Large Gatherings) 


Legal Documents & Information

These will be cross-posted with the Policy Issues when/if we have the opportunity to do so.  

Assistance - Federal & State

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 

Communication Tools

 10 Ways You Can Do Your Part: Going the Distance Together The UW-Madison Communication Collaborative for COVID19 Coronavirus Response Team (Initiated by the League.) 

During an emergency, the right message, from the right person, at the right time can save lives. (PDF) CDC Crisis Communications

Framing COVID-19 - The Frameworks Institute

Examples of Wisconsin City and Village Communications 

Downtowns and Small Businesses