can we come up the shore?

Yes! There is a Stay Safe order in MN, which means you should not travel if you are sick or have been in contact with anyone who might have had covid in the past 14 days. It also means you should take extra precautions – bring hand soap, sanitizer, and bleach wipes. 

but are we welcome?

Yes! Residents have different levels of fear, caution, and worry about overwhelming small health care and public safety infrastructure. For so many reasons, now is the time to practice patience and kindness. If you aren’t comfortable waiting, wearing a mask, being inconvenienced, dealing with changes in plans, you could be frustrated or disappointed during your visit.

MN mask Mandate

The state of Minnesota requires properly worn face masks indoors in all businesses and public places, in line to enter these places and outdoors where 6′ social distancing is not an option. If you have a medical exemption, contact the business before entering so they may accommodate you. 

 

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north shore covid cases

As of August 10 –
St Louis County has 553 cases [+221 in past 2 weeks] and 19 deaths
Lake County has 21 cases [+7 in past 2 weeks] 
Cook County has 4 [+2 in past week ]

*Note – these numbers do not include the visitors who are testing positive while traveling on the North Shore or those who test positive upon their return home

please note:

The USA/Canada border is currently closed through August 21st.

what should we do?

I say Covid Travel = SLOW Travel

s … stay home if you are sick

l …  leave plenty of time

o … options, have lots of options

w … will my actions affect others?

Slow travel is a wonderful way to travel. It is:

  • Unhurried, flexible, receptive, quality travel
  • Understanding and acclimating to your destination
  • Beneficial to you and to the residents

Slow travel is the realization that a very contagious virus exists and as such, it is choosing to stay home when asked, to not travel when sick, to be patient with the new way of doing things, to act with grace and humor when plans changes, to be compassionate and patient and generous.

what can we do?

slow down and go with flow

travel prepared – bring the necessities and then some

make a plan that includes lots of options and go with what works

choose a lodging property where you can spend time versus a ‘place to sleep’ – for instance does it have a private deck?

plan picnics and pack a cooler ahead of time

choose to hike/visit at off-peak hours

find a spot on Lake Superior and hangout – here’s a list of 30+ public access points

Shop online!

 

North Shore businesses are open, here’s what to expect

altered check-ins/check-outs to allow for new cleaning protocols

curbside and some outdoor dining, limited menu and longer waits for pickup at restaurants, details here

limited customers in shops – perhaps no children or pets allowed

properly worn masks are required indoors, wating in line to go indoors and outdoors when you cannot social distance

many, many events will be / are cancelled

trail access may be limited due to usage

businesses may have limited access and/or limited hours

6′ distancing on sidewalks, in parking lots, at trailheads, at attractions, everywhere

state parks

Trails and natural areas including state parks are open as long as groups are no more than 10. Visitor centers, historical monuments, etc are closed. Be extra careful in parking areas, around signs and toilets, and on narrow trails, or anywhere people group together. If you see a lot of cars in the parking lot or at the trailhead, try another spot instead.

Split Rock Lighthouse grounds open to limited number of visitors.

restaurants, coffee shops & eateries

Most of the eateries along the North Shore are open, with some offering indoor dining. Some offer outdoor/patio dining, and all offer takeout – bring a sun hat, bug dope, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and a trash bag in case picnic area receptacles are overflowing – this will minimize trash and will not bring wild animals and rodents in to eat.

lodging status listed below

Almost all lodging properties are open; see below for the few that remain closed.
Most properties’ pools are closed, some are open with capacity limits,

 

see a list of open campgrounds here

Business is Closed
Projected Reopening:

We have determined that we cannot realistically operate before August 1st, and we’ll have to see if even after that is practical. That being said, we will be opening up two cottages for rent this year. They are not a part of Naniboujou Lodge but they are near our house on Lake Superior. One will be available June 1st, the other will be available at a later date. Because of legalities, unfortunately, we cannot allow anyone in the Lodge at this time.