Working Together To Reopen Safely


In response to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, in May 2020, the Rock County Board of Supervisors, the City of Beloit, YWCA Rock County and United Way Blackhawk Region approved a resolution supporting the creation of the Rock County Response, Reopening and Recovery Task Force, later renamed the Reopen Rock Task Force. The resolution supports a diverse group of Rock County community members from various market sectors who wished to work together to identify and address reopening challenges in a proactive manner.

Today, the Reopen Rock Task Force meets regularly to identify, prioritize and address challenges related to reopening as a cohesive and committed group. 

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Help Protect Yourself & Others- Wear A Mask

The Reopen Rock Task Force strongly supports the recommendation of the Rock County Health Department that individuals should wear cloth face coverings whenever in contact with anyone who is not a part of their household, as well as its recommendation that businesses and employers require the use of cloth face coverings for employees and customers. 

As cases in Rock County and across the nation continue to rise, masks are a vital tool in our arsenal to combat unnecessary transmission. According to MIT Medical, the evidence from epidemiologic data and case studies regarding mask are compelling. For example, a recent study calculated the COVID-19 growth rate before and after mask mandates in 15 states and the District of Columbia between the end of March and late May of 2020. Researchers found that mask mandates led to a marked slowdown in the daily growth rate, estimating that mask mandates may have prevented up to 450,000 cases of COVID-19. Simply put, masks are a simple, thoughtful and effective way to keep you, your loved ones and your neighbors safe.
Please do keep in mind that cloth face coverings are not a replacement for maintaining a physical distance of six feet between you and others, as well as other recommendations. We encourage everyone to take responsibility for the safety and health of Rock County residents by wearing a mask, washing your hands often and physical distancing. Together we can make a difference and #MaskUpRock!


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  • Review local metrics and develop plans related to response, reopening and recovery in Rock County
  • Serve as a focal point for community information sharing and input
  • Conduct collaborative problem solving on identified gaps
  • Share resources as needed to address priority areas of concern

Reopen Rock is comprised of three co-chairs and 12 sector leads representing: Chambers of Commerce, Consumer Retail, Diverse Communities, Education/Schools, Entertainment, Faith Communities, Food/Agriculture, Government, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Distribution, Non-Profit and Services.

Sector leads meet regularly with their community leaders from their sector to identify sector-specific issues, which then are shared with the larger Reopen Rock Task Force during meetings facilitated by the co-chairs. By working openly, collaboratively and proactively together, the task force is able to quickly identify potential issues and speed resolution.