Ready & Open Guidelines

What is Bayfield’s READY & OPEN campaign?

July 15, 2020 – City of Bayfield Passes Face Covering Resolution.
State of WI Passes Face Covering Emergency Order
State of WI FAQ on Face Coverings

The Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau developed the READY & OPEN campaign to support Bayfield businesses with communicating to the community regarding safety best-practices adopted in response to COVID-19. Our top priority is the safety of community, employees, and visitors. In support of the State of Wisconsin’s ‘Turn the Dial’ order, the business community of Bayfield stands ready to move towards a thriving economic environment while protecting against the renewed spread of coronavirus. The READY & OPEN campaign is not a regulatory effort. Our role is simply to support and assist member businesses by providing a marketing platform by which each business can highlight its safety efforts during this time. Each participating business is responsible and accountable for its own actions, efforts, and representations made in connection with the READY & OPEN campaign. While compliance is expected, the Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau cannot and does not guarantee that any particular business is employing or undertaking any particular safety measures.

These READY & OPEN recommendations can and will change. This campaign is merely a simplified version of federal, state, and local guidelines. It is the responsibility of each individual business to research industry specific safety measures. We recommend the guidelines being put out by WEDC.

Preparing for Bayfield’s READY & OPEN:

  1. Assess store capacity–maximum 5 customers at a time for non-essential retail. If a store cannot maintain 6’ social distancing with 5 customers in the store, it will need to lower the number of customers allowed in at a time. Bayfield READY & OPEN is endorsed by the Bayfield County Health Department.
  2. Provide proper spacing for people waiting to enter. Establish a line outside the store to control entry, with markings so customers know where to stand to ensure social distancing. Alternatively, stores could allow customers to wait in their cars and notify them by phone or text when it’s their turn to enter the store.
  3. Restrict the number of staff to only what is strictly necessary.
  4. Increase standards of facility cleaning and disinfecting to limit staff and customer exposure to COVID-19 and adopt protocols to clean and disinfect in the event of a positive COVID-19 case. Communicate your policy with all employees.
  5. Be prepared with appropriate PPE. Hand sanitizer, face coverings, cleaning supplies, etc.
  6. Publicly declare your READY & OPEN safety measures on the business entrance and in your marketing. Customers will look for this, and the blue open signage will indicate a cohesively safe Bayfield. We have provided printable posters, open signs, and social media graphics in this toolkit.

Recommended Material List for Bayfield’s READY & OPEN:

  • Masks for all employees whenever appropriate
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Facilities for employees to regularly wash hands with soap and water
  • Hand Sanitizer for employee & customer use
  • Gloves
  • A way to process credit cards/electronic payment (credit/debit cards transfer less germs than cash)
  • Tape for marking social distance at checkouts/entrance

Please note, the elements in this toolkit will continue to evolve. We’ll keep adding more and updating as-needed. Do you have suggestions on improving Bayfield READY & OPEN? Contact the Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau by emailing paige@nullbayfield.org or david@nullbayfield.org.


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.

WEDC Reopen Guidelines



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided detailed guidelines for establishments ranging from schools to restaurants to mass transit that are beginning to reopen as states start to ease restrictions imposed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

CDC Roadmap to Reopening