The state of Minnesota requires properly worn face masks indoors in all businesses and public places, and in outdoor settings unless you have been fully vaccinated.
The North Shore is a safe place to live and travel because of the prudent measures and unified approach taken by the communities. You will find businesses in compliance with cleaning and guest interaction protocols, occupancy mandates, and safe practices.
This means we are heading back to normal, but not there yet. You may find lines at restaurants, attractions and shops, and crowded parking lots at natural attractions. Businesses may be short-handed because the employees may not be fully vaccinated. Being flexible and having a plan B will be very helpful.
If you have made lodging reservations and know you will not be using them, please cancel as soon as possible; this includes camping reservations. It helps the lodging property plan accordingly, allows other guests to find a place to stay and impacts future cancellation policies.
The US/Canadian border is closed until further notice.
I say Covid Travel = SLOW Travel
S… stay home if you are sick
L… leave plenty of time
O…options, have plenty 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.
altered check-ins/check-outs to allow for new cleaning protocols
limited indoor dining, curbside pickup, limited menu at restaurants,
limited customers in shops – perhaps no children or pets allowed
properly worn masks are required indoors, waiting in line to go indoors and outdoors when you cannot social distance
events are slowly returning, especially outdoor events
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
pools and whirlpools may be closed
attractions may have limited capacity