Wisconsin businesses look forward to a future when they can return to providing the products and services their customers need and crave, unencumbered by threats to the health of their employees and those they serve. Working toward that future will require the gradual adoption of new business practices that reflect the evolving reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and our success in mitigating the effects of this unprecedented global health emergency.

With input from national and state health and industry experts and in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and our regional economic development partners, WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety. Following these guidelines will help us all get Wisconsin’s economy back on track.

You are encouraged to bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates to guidelines and the addition of new industry documents.


We’re here to help you navigate the complexity of COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts.

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The WEDC team makes every effort to ensure our website’s content is always up to date. However, out-of-date references may occur as guidelines change, and WEDC reserves the right to alter this and other webpages on an ongoing basis. To ensure you are referencing the most up-to-date program guidelines, please contact your account manager.


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New video: Reopening with safety in mind

In collaboration with other state agencies, WEDC has created a set of guidelines for how businesses can do their part to prevent the spread of the virus and protect the health of employees and customers when they reopen. Learn more in a new video from WEDC Secretary Missy Hughes. Read More

Focus Forward Podcast Ep. 1: Moving your restaurant forward with Luke Zahm

Luke Zahm discusses how he’s moving his restaurant forward in the wake of the pandemic in Wisconsin. Join Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC as she talks to the chef and owner of Driftless Cafe and Wiscochef Enterprises and host of the “Wisconsin Foodie” television show about his restaurant business before and after COVID-19. Read More

Recording posted: May 18 livestream with Secretary Missy Hughes

View the recording of the May 18, 2020, livestream with WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes. This livestream touched on guidelines for businesses to protect employees and customers; a resource to connect companies in need of personal protective equipment with those that make it; the Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant initiative; and the newly announced We’re All In initiative with additional relief funds for small businesses. Read More