Advice for tourist season in the Northland

Updated: May 15, 2020 05:39 PM

As the summer ramps up, so will tourist season. With COVID-19 changing almost everything, there is advice on how to travel safely and enjoy the Northland.

All out-of-towners are being asked by public health departments to follow proper social distancing.

In addition to that, Bayfield and Ashland counties have issued a "Travel Safer Advisory." It asks visitors to do things like:

1) Respect local businesses and other patrons by following their safety protocols.

2) Limit non-essential trips and limit the number of people participating errands.

3) Keep track of places you visit while traveling, in case an outbreak in that area occurs or you become ill and need to provide that information to health officials.

In Itasca County, they are asking people to bring their own groceries and supplies with them.

Still, the tourism industry is ready to welcome people back again. "All of them are taking extra precautions. Doing curb-side check ins, and have closed their breakfast areas and restaurants. Doing curbside delivery of food," shared Megan Christianson, Executive Director of Visit Grand Rapids.

Snowbirds have been given the guidance to quarantine for 14 days.

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