It’s Friday 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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The City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County Parks have partnered to provide additional recreation space for residents. These temporary spaces, known as “Milwaukee Active Streets,” will make it easier for people to engage in physical activities while maintaining social distancing. The plan is to have 10 miles of street that will close or limit motor vehicle traffic. To learn more about Milwaukee Active Streets, click here.
Last week, the Milwaukee Public Library began offering contactless pickup at the Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. This week, it expanded its locations to include the Tippecanoe Branch, 3912 S. Howell Ave. and the Washington Park Branch, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd. Patrons can request up to five items by calling (414) 286-3011. Requests and pickups will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
3. Small-business owners can review advice on reopening
Many small-business owners are planning to reopen in the weeks to come. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, along with several others, has created brochures that touch on the best practices, safety tips and guidelines for businesses looking to reopen. There are brochures designed for gyms and fitness centers, hair and nail salons, hospitality and lodging, restaurants, public facilities and more.
4. Visit the Mitchell Park Domes (from home)
Friends of the Domes has created a way for anyone to virtually visit the Mitchell Park Domes until Sunday, May 31. Each week, Friends of the Domes adds educational videos and nature-related activities. To see all The Domes have to offer, click here.
5. Fundraiser for a Puerto Rican mural in Milwaukee
Victory Huyke, the owner of El Conquistador newspaper, and Jose Rodriguez are raising funds for a community mural. The goal is to create a mural celebrating the Puerto Rican community in Milwaukee. To donate, visit the GoFundMe page.
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Bonus two: Free COVID-19 testing locations in Milwaukee
Last week, Gov. Tony Evers announced the initiative to have free COVID-19 testing sites across the state. The testing sites are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. The sites are located at UMOS, 2701 S. Chase Ave. and Midtown Center, 5825 W. Hope Ave.