COVID-19 Updates

City of Sheboygan Department of Public Works

COVID-19 Service Impacts

The City of Sheboygan Department of Public Works (DPW) continues to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19. For the current safety and long-term health of our workforce, DPW will be focusing on essential services throughout each of our divisions. Our field staff is also impacted and operating in smaller numbers. Please be patient as response times will likely be longer than usual and some non-essential services will be suspended and resumed at a later date.

Update June 23, 2020

  • The City of Sheboygan has made the decision not to accept any new park rentals until further notice to protect the health, safety, and resources of the residents and employees of the City of Sheboygan in connection with the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • In addition, in light of the large number of park rental cancellations that has resulted from the COVID-19 Pandemic the City is not able to accommodate rescheduling the canceled park rentals.

Update June 16, 2020

  • Sheboygan County has transitioned into the second phase of the “Safe Restart” recommendations and as a result the City of Sheboygan has made the decision to re-open all playgrounds and splash pads.
  • Please remember that these facilities are not clean or disinfected and you will be using them at your own risk. Do not use the equipment if you do not feel comfortable doing so.
  • If you choose to visit the playground facilities, practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer. Follow all WEDC and CDC Best Practice Guidelines. When visiting the parks, continue to practice social distancing of 6 feet and limit gatherings to families or no more than 25 people per group.

Update June 15, 2020

  • The following restrooms are available for public use as part of the phased re-opening of city facilities:
    • Deland Community Center (outdoor only)
    • Deland Beach House
    • Richardson Shelter
    • Rotary Riverview
    • Evergreen Park (Area 1 & 4)
    • South Pier turn-around
    • South Pier Fish Cleaning
    • Deland Park Fish Cleaning
    • Vollrath Park
    • Kiwanis Fieldhouse (outdoor only)
    • King Park (outdoor only)
  • The following facilities are available for public use as part of the phased re-opening of city facilities:
    • Deland Park Tennis Courts
    • Moose Park Tennis Courts
    • Veteran’s Park Tennis Courts
    • Vollrath Park Tennis and Pickleball Courts (opening June 17, 2020)
    • Kiwanis Skate Park
    • Kiwanis Kayak Launch
    • All Basketball Courts
    • All Trails
    • All Beaches
    • Evergreen Park is open to vehicular traffic
  • Roosevelt Park Tennis Courts will be available for use in late fall. The courts are being resurfaced and painted as a part of 2020 Capital Improvements for the Parks and Forestry Division
  • Following the State and Sheboygan County “Safe Restart” guidelines, all playgrounds, splash pads, and rental facilities are still closed. When visiting the parks, continue to practice social distancing of 6 feet and limit gatherings to families or no more than 25 people per group. Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer. Follow all WEDC and CDC Best Practice Guidelines.

Update May 28, 2020

  • The following restrooms are available for public use as part of the phased re-opening of city facilities:
    • Deland Community Center (outdoor only)
    • Richardson Shelter
    • Rotary Riverview
    • Evergreen Park (Area 1 only)
    • South Pier turn-around
    • South Pier Fish Cleaning
    • Deland Park Fish Cleaning
  • Evergreen Park is scheduled to open to vehicular traffic starting Monday June 1, 2020.

Update May 27, 2020

  • The Department of Public Works will remain closed to the public until further notice. The Public Works Municipal Building required modifications to the public service counter in efforts to meet the recommended guidelines in relation to COVID-19.
    Upon re-opening social distancing will be required. A limit of two customers will be allowed at the service counter due to room size limitations. Additionally customers waiting for service will need to wait in their car or in the vestibule area with social distancing. Please observe all posted signs when arriving. Masks are strongly recommended. Customers are encouraged to contact the Public Works via phone or email.

Update May 20, 2020

  • Effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the City of Sheboygan will re-open many city facilities to the public. An exception is the Senior Activity Center for which a re-opening date has not been set. According to Darrell Hofland, City Administrator, “With the re-opening of city facilities, we ask Sheboygan residents and businesses to remain vigilant in following safety guidelines including social distancing.” The city facilities which will open to the public on May 26 include City Hall, the Municipal Services Building, and Mead Public Library. City staff will continue to practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet or more of separation between themselves and customers, and between co-workers. Residents and businesses are urged to continue to use drop boxes, city websites, virtual meetings, email, and phone calls as the preferred methods of contact.
  • The City of Sheboygan Parks Division is not accepting reservation requests for shelter and building rentals until June 30; this date is consistent with the Sheboygan County Safe Restart phased approach.
  • The following will be open:

    • City park tennis courts and pickleball
    • City park restrooms will have phased re-opening starting May 26
    • City park trails
    • City beaches
    • City dog parks
    • City disc golf
    • City fish cleaning stations
    • City boat and kayak launches

    The following will be closed until June 30 and re-evaluated based on the Sheboygan County Safe Restart Guidelines:

    • City park playgrounds will remain closed
    • City park buildings and shelters will remain closed

    This information is current as of the release date and time and remains subject to change.

Update May 15, 2020

  • With the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ruling striking down most of the Safer at Home order, the City of Sheboygan has an update regarding city parks and facilities. Corona virus COVID-19 is very contagious and can be fatal. Our goal is to encourage proper best practice safety precautions to ensure the community continues to stay safe.
    The City and its citizens must keep up the effort in containing COVID-19 and not jeopardize the progress already made by following the proper safety measures.
    The City of Sheboygan has the responsibility to provide facilities that are safe and not potentially increase the risk of exposure thus protecting the community. Currently, the Parks Division of the Department of Public Works does not have the resources to increase the cleaning standards established by the CDC. As a result, the department is working on a phased approach in efforts to open the park facilities. Below is the tentative schedule that is subject to change at any time:
  • The following should remain in effect until May 25, 2020:
    • City Parks will remain open
    • City Park playgrounds will remain closed
    • City Park buildings, shelters, and restrooms will remain closed
  • Starting on May 26, the Parks Division will open playgrounds, limited facilities available to rent, provided gatherings meet the CDC guidelines for proper health and safety. The Department is encouraging residents to bring their own hand sanitizer for added protection. Please check the website for future updates.

Update April 24, 2020

  • In response to Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” Emergency Order #28, the City of Sheboygan will open the Vollrath Park disc golf course on 4/24/20. Both Vollrath Park and Jaycee Park courses are now open with the following restriction: social distancing requirements must be observed at all times unless the players reside in the same living unit or household.
    The Order also states that public parks and open spaces may be closed at the discretion of local health officials if any of the following occur:
    1. The number of people frequenting the area at one time makes it difficult to comply with the social distancing requirements.
    2. Repeated vandalism or disturbing of the peace.
    3. Repeated violations of the “Safer at Home” Order that create a risk to an individual in the area.
    4. The local government does not have the ability to monitor or enforce social distancing requirements.
    At this time the following park areas remain closed: playgrounds, picnic shelters, park restrooms, team sports activities, and other areas where maintaining appropriate social distancing is difficult. The City of Sheboygan is urging park and trail users to practice social distancing, keep a six-foot distance from other park users, consider wearing fabric face masks, and not gather in groups.

Update April 17, 2020

  • The City of Sheboygan has made the decision to cancel all previously reserved park rentals until May 26, 2020 to protect the health, safety, and resources of the residents of the City of Sheboygan in connection with the COVID-19 Pandemic due to the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services Emergency Order #28 - Safer at Home Order. At this time no new reservations will be accepted. In addition, all public park restrooms and fish cleaning stations will be closed until further notice. The Police Department will be monitoring the facilities.

Update March 27, 2020

  • The City of Sheboygan and the Sheboygan Water Utility decided to delay the upcoming roadway and utility work on Geele Avenue between Calumet Drive and North 23rd Street. This project includes lead water service replacement which requires contractors to enter private residences. For the safety of the residents and the contractors, we have placed the project on hold for up to 90 days. During the 90 day hold period, the City and the Sheboygan Water Utility will continue to monitor the pandemic conditions and work to determine if the project should continue this year or not.

Update March 25, 2020

  • All City of Sheboygan playgrounds are closed by the Wisconsin Governor's Emergency Order #12 Safer at Home. Please don't use the equipment until further notice. This is to preserve the health of our community. Parks will remain open, but we ask that visitors maintain social distancing.

Update March 24, 2020

  • By order of the Chief of Police and the Mayor of Sheboygan, the City of Sheboygan will suspend the enforcement of alternate side winter parking rules effective Saturday, March 28, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 circumstances. The alternate side parking rules assist the Department of Public Works in cleaning winter and fall debris from the streets and gutters. The city is asking for residents’ cooperation by continuing to follow the alternate side parking rules through Friday, March 27, 2020, to give the Department of Public Works a few more days to run street sweeping operations. If a winter storm does develop between now and April 30, the winter parking rules may be reinstated to assist with plowing operations.
  • A joint decision was made between the City of Sheboygan and HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital to delay the start of the Superior Avenue Road Reconstruction Project. The project involves the reconstruction of the concrete pavement on Superior Avenue, between North 29th Street and N. Taylor Drive.
    Originally slated to begin Monday March 30, 2020, the road project is on hold for the next 90 days. During the 90 day hold period, the City and the Hospital will continue to monitor the pandemic conditions and work to determine if the project should continue this year or not.


Update March 23, 2020

  • Gov. Tony Evers is ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses starting March 24, 2020, and urging people to stay at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Sanitation is an essential service and DPW crews will continue the regular garbage and recycling collection schedule.

Update March 16, 2020

  • The City of Sheboygan has made the decision to cancel all previously reserved park rentals until May 15, 2020 to protect the health, safety, and resources of the residents of the City of Sheboygan in connection with the COVID-19 Pandemic. At this time no new reservations will be accepted. In addition, all public park restrooms and fish cleaning stations will be closed until further notice. The Police Department will be monitoring the facilities.

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