Extension event guidelines

At a glance:

We at UW-Madison Extension are excited to resume in-person programming and office work. We know how important it is to connect and gather to learn and share together. We also know the COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for our communities, and we’re still feeling the effects. The truth is, the virus is still out there and still poses a risk to everyone. Extension has been delivering programming throughout the “safer at home” restrictions and we continue to do so now. Extension is here for you and our community.

tractor safety class
Extension events keep on rolling, and here’s just one example! Check out this tractor safety course with health/safety measures in play in Racine/Kenosha/Walworth.

We have guidelines and requirements in place for in-person events and meetings. Extension’s guidance focuses on planning and procedures to ensure the health of staff, participants, and the community. Our guidance emphasizes distancing, hand-washing and sanitization, and face coverings. These are requirements for everyone involved; those who don’t follow the guidelines won’t be allowed to participate. Please keep in mind what you’re comfortable with and familiarize yourself with recommendations.

In Wisconsin, we take care of each other. We take health and safety very seriously, for everyone in our communities. Our staff, our participants, and our communities all need to practice safe behavior to make sure the COVID-19 virus doesn’t spread further or make the situation worse.

Here are more details of our guidelines for events you’re participating in:

Feeling ill? Stay at home!

Have you been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19? Have you had a fever or experienced respiratory symptoms? Are you experiencing new muscle aches, chills, or change in sense of taste or smell? If YES, please don’t attend this event and seek medical advice.


Protect yourself and others

Maintain distance of at least 6 feet. This is very important in preventing the spread of COVDI-19. Wash your hands often Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched services.


Wearing a face covering is required

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Wearing a face covering helps limit the spread of respiratory droplets produced through coughing, sneezing, or talking.


Want to learn more?

As a division of UW-Madison, we’re following state and Campus guidance. You can learn more from:

  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services: We should continue to limit our interactions with others as much as possible to protect ourselves and our communities and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • UW-Madison: There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • CDC guidance on face coverings: CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • CDC guidance on shared spaces: Guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes.
  • Public Health Madison & Dane County: Recommendations and guidance for families, businesses, and worksites.
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