It’s Monday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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1. Spectrum is offering free Wi-Fi
Schools across the nation have closed because of COVID-19, but there’s still opportunities to learn. With many teachers turning to virtual classrooms, Spectrum is stepping up to help. Spectrum is offering households with student free Wi-Fi for 60 days. To sign up call 1-844-488-8395.
Milwaukee County, along with the Hunger Task Force, has created an interactive map that lists the emergency food distribution locations. The places range from Milwaukee Public Schools for children to food pantries for adults and families. Use the interactive map to find the locations closest to you.
3. Milwaukee is going virtual
Museums throughout Milwaukee are going online. Now, Milwaukeeans can visit galleries in the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Grohmann Museum, the Harley-Davidson Museum and America’s Black Holocaust Museum from the comfort of their homes. The Milwaukee County Zoo is also doing a livestream of its animals.
According to the American Red Cross, there is a blood shortage going on and donors are desperately needed. Please consider donating blood during this time. Make an appointment by entering your ZIP code and finding the blood drive closest to you.
5. Parking enforcement temporarily suspended
The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works has suspended all timed, metered and night parking restrictions. The decision was made to make it easier for residents who are now working from home. Night parking permits and alternate side parking are no longer required, but vehicles must still abide by other parking regulations. Vehicles cannot WIpark in areas with “No Parking” signage or too close to an alley, driveway, fire hydrant or crosswalk. Drivers are also reminded to not park in a handicapped space unauthorized and to not obstruct the traffic, bicycle or street care lanes.
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