Door County now open, guidelines in effect

Published: May. 19, 2020 at 2:14 PM CDT
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Door County public health officials have issued new guidelines and recommendations that replace the May 14, 2020 order, and allow the county to safely re-open.

The new guidelines and recommendations are effective immediately.

Officials say the guidelines will require all people within Door County to be responsible, and to work together, and also support best practices, since the pandemic is still ongoing.

Some businesses in downtown Sturgeon Bay have been open since the state Supreme Court tossed out the Governor's extension of the safer at home order last week.

Wilkins&Olander clothing shop will open its doors on Wednesday after being closed for nine weeks.

"We will be wearing masks and we have a sign posted on our door; we're asking our customers to wear masks," said Dawn Fischer the store owner.

Fischer added Plexiglas shields and hand sanitizer at the registers.

There are also disposable masks available for guests who don't have one of their own.

Fischer said she's been open for online orders and pick-ups, but will be happy to see more life downtown as we head into the holiday weekend.

"In the last week I've noticed more cars driving around and more people out and about," said Fischer.

Meanwhile, campground owners say what's normally a busy weekend is starting off a bit slow.

"About a month and a half ago we were booked solid, we were 100 percent booked for Memorial Day weekend. Since then, we've probably had about 35 percent of our sites canceled and we've had new people booking," said Mike Armbruster, owner of Egg Harbor Campground. "Right now we're probably about 85 percent occupancy for the weekend."

Staff at the campground opened the shared restroom facilities on Tuesday, but other common areas like the game room and pool remain closed for now.

Public health officials want to remind everyone that 30% of Door County's population is made of those who are 65 or older, with that age group being particularly vulnerable to the symptoms of COVID-19.

Susan Powers, the Door County Public Health Officer, says compliance with the guidelines and recommendations are encouraged, but voluntary, and anyone who doesn't comply with them may cause health and safety issues to the county's residents and visitors.

Door County was one of the last counties in the WBAY viewing area to still have restrictions in place.

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