COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We pride ourselves on being a trusted partner with our members and the greater association community. As we monitor guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), we invite you to do the same. The following resources are designed to streamline the flood of COVID-19 Coronavirus information circulating and offer tips to help you and your association move forward in this changing business environment. If you have any questions or would like to share what your organization is doing, please contact Michelle at

Government-issued orders
  • November 17, 2020 - Public Health Madison & Dane County issued Emergency Order #10, prohibiting all indoor gatherings and limiting outdoor gatherings to 10 people or fewer, with physical distancing. The previous limit for gatherings was 10 indoors and 25 outdoors, with physical distancing. The order takes effect Nov. 18 at 12:01 a.m. and remains in effect until Dec. 16 at 12:01 a.m.
  • November 10, 2020 - Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #94, calling for unity, working together, and advising Wisconsinites to stay home. 
  • October 6, 2020 - Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue Emergency Order #3 limiting public gatherings to no more than 25 percent of a room or building’s total occupancy. See full order and list of exemptions. This directive is effective at 8 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2020, and will remain in effect until Nov. 6, 2020, and applies to any gatherings at locations that are open to the public such as stores, restaurants, and other businesses that allow public entry, as well as spaces with ticketed events. A frequently asked questions document is available for review here.
  • September 22, 2020 - Gov. Tony Evers today declared a new public health emergency in Wisconsin due to recent surge in cases among young people and issued a new face coverings order. Executive Order #90. Emergency Order #1.
  • July 30, 2020 - Governor Evers has issued an emergency order requiring that individuals age five and older wear a mask or face covering when indoors or in an enclosed space (other than a private residence) and other people are present in the same room or space. The requirement takes effect Saturday, Aug. 1, at 12:01 a.m. and is set to expire on Monday, Sept. 28. Violators may be subject to a $200 fine.
    Read the full emergency order here:
    An FAQ document about the order can be found here:
  • May 13, 2020 - Governor Ever's Statewide, Safer at Home Order Struck Down by Wisconsin Supreme Court. Some counties and municipalities issue their own Safer at Home orders.
  • April 16, 2020 - Gov. Evers extended the “Safer at Home” order until at least May 26.
  • March 25, 2020 - Gov. Tony Evers has directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. The order is available here. The order is effective until April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. 


Legal Governance Challenges for Associations During a Pandemic

by Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq., Managing Partner, Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC
In addition to its effects on association planned in-person meetings and conferences, the COVID-19 pandemic has also greatly impacted association governance. 
From cancelled membership meetings to virtual board meetings to online elections to an inability to meet governance requirements imposed by law, bylaws or policy, associations are struggling to find answers to a host of pressing governance questions. Where do you find these answers, what are practical and workable solutions to these significant challenges, and what will constitute compliance with the law and your own governing documents? This webinar will answer these questions, as well as others.

Adding Member Value in Time of COVID-19
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by Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CEO and Strategy Catalyst, Vista Cova, through Association Societies Alliance (ASA), WSAE and similar organizations around the country 
Association professionals from across the country, including WSAE member Kristine Hillmer, MBA, CAE of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, provided examples of how their organizations are pivoting to create meaningful value in this moment of disruption - and what feedback they are hearing from their members and their industries at large. 

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