As the state of Wisconsin continues to monitor the rapidly evolving status of COVID-19, we want to provide resources to keep everyone informed on the efforts made to address the needs of our travelers and residents.

At the Burnett County Tourism Coalition, the well-being of our residents and visitors is our greatest priority. It is in our nature to be wild and free. And to do so safely, it is important that we all act and adventure responsibly. During times when public health is at risk, we must ask that all travelers and locals respect the health and safety recommendations that have been implemented by staying home to ensure collective wellness. By waiting to travel, we can maintain Wisconsin as a wide-open safe haven and source of inspiration.

The following information was sent to us from the Wisconsin Tourism Industry:

Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services issued the “Safe at Home” Emergency Executive Order #12, effective March 25th, 2020. For updates on the COVID-19 outbreak, including travel guidance, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.

Below are several resources gathered by the Wisconsin Tourism Industry to help your business, organization and employees navigate this incredibly difficult time. To stay informed of changing developments, you can receive regular updates and important information via  the WI Tourism Industry email, Facebook and Twitter.

Wisconsin State Agencies

View a list of all state agencies and any corresponding COVID-19 webpages here.

Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Due to COVID-19, Travel Wisconsin is making a series of swift, strategic shifts to our marketing and PR programs. These thoughtful adjustments are rooted in a “dream now, travel later” approach that is appropriate for this uncertain time – while also positioning us for success in the future. Hear from Secretary-designee Sara Meaney, Director of Marketing & Advertising Shane Brossard and Communications Director Craig Trost about the strategic shifts being implemented. Watch Webinar

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Information on Wisconsin’s Small Business 20/20 Program, other SBA and disaster loans, tax relief and more. Visit WEDC

Department of Workforce Development
FAQs on Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits related to COVID-19 for claimants and employers can be viewed here.
Due to extremely high volume, claimants should submit unemployment applications online.

Department of Natural Resources
Updates on state park operations, license sales, permits and more. Visit DNR

Arts Board
Resources specifically for the arts community. Visit WAB

Additional Resources

U.S. Travel Association
A summary of the Federal CARES Act and its resources, including a guide for eligibility. Visit U.S. Travel

Travel and Tourism Research Association
COVID-19 travel and tourism research resources. Visit TTRA

Longwoods International
Travel sentiment study with weekly updates. Visit Longwoods

Daily Travel Index linked here.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Resources for employers, communications toolkit, tips for employees. Visit U.S. Chamber
Coronavirus Small Business Guide, including how to apply for aid, is linked here.
Find a summary and checklist for small business for emergency loans here.
NEW AS OF 4/20/2020 – Go to the Save Small Businesses Fund application HERE.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Information paycheck protection, debt relief, bridge and disaster loans. Visit SBA
Guide on Applying for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) linked here.
Paycheck Protection Program FAQs linked here.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application Portal linked here

U.S. Department of Labor
FAQs and posters on wages, hours and leave for employees, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) emergency paid leave. Visit DOL

Centers for Disease Control
Public health updates and safety information. Visit CDC
View CDC travel guidance here.

Food Industry Association
FAQs and best practices for grocers and food retailers. Visit FIA

Outdoor Industry Association
Protection, policy updates and aid summaries for the outdoor industry. Visit OIA

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Webinars, infographics and safety information for employers. Visit WMC
View a Federal CARES Act Summary here.

Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Employer resources linked here
Employee resources linked here


Ideas and stories of people helping one another in Wisconsin during the pandemic. See #HowWiHelp

American Red Cross
Donate blood. Learn more here.

Election Assistance Commission
Volunteer to be a poll worker for Wisconsin’s April 7 primary. Learn more here.
Vote absentee by mail (request by April 2) or in person (by April 3). Find out how here.

Travel Wisconsin
Log in here to update event listings with postponements and cancellations or update destinations with new business hours and closures. Visit Travel Wisconsin

U.S. 2020 Census
Complete the 2020 Census online to limit workers going door to door. More here.

Virtual Tip Jars
Tip a server from home or sign up to receive tips at Tip Your Server or WI Service Industry Tips.

Wisconsin Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donation & Buyback
Help frontline workers by donating extra PPE. See needs here.

Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Statewide list of restaurants offering delivery and takeout available here.