Officials stress importance of caution in Memorial Day travel

Brandon Weathers
Updated: May 22, 2020 10:24 PM

Memorial Day weekend is a time many hit the road and head for the lake. But as COVID-19 concerns continue, county leaders stress the importance of following Safer at Home guidelines.


“People can travel, but the encouragement is to stay close to home. So we’re hoping that people do that," St. Louis County Public Health Division director Amy Westbrook said. Gatherings should still be limited to ten people or less, 6 feet of distance should still be practiced, and masks are still encouraged.

"It's really important to follow those smart personal behaviors that we all can do pretty easily so we all can protect not only ourselves but our neighbors and our friends and community members," Westbrook said.

Businesses continue to open as they are comfortable with safety measures in place. As travel outside of one's community is discouraged, the typical hot spots along the North Shore expect to gradually welcome back familiar faces from out of town.

Visit Cook County marketing and public relations director Kjersti Vick said, "It is going to be a substantially slower start to the season, which will be a great way for us to see how we can manage this going forward."

Across the border in Wisconsin, there are no travel restrictions in place by the state, but health officials ask locals and visitors to keep distance and limit interactions.

Bayfield County Health Department director Sara Wartman said, "Bring a lot of materials with you just so you can reduce those trips, and it goes both ways. We want to protect our visitors to the area."

Wartman recommends approaching each interaction as if you're infected and taking photos of each stop along your travels.

“Which place did we stop at? Did we stop at the beach? Did we go to this restaurant for curbside pick-up?" Wartman said, "Because if you find out you're positive, it's very difficult to recall two weeks ago all of the different places that you went to."

As businesses gradually return to operation, hours and restrictions may vary by location. Visit Cook County has additional resources here.


Brandon Weathers

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