The Coronavirus has not caused Door County to shut down, to pull up the bridges, but county leaders, schools, businesses, and residents are taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously.
Door County Schools Closed
Due to the Coronavirus Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ order to close schools from March 18th through April 6th has taken effect. Schools are putting e-learning plans in place and organizing pick up lunches for students and needy families. The WIAA (Wisconsin Interscolastic Athletic Association) has put all spring sports practices and events on hold until further notice. School meetings, concerts, musicals, etc. have been postponed if not cancelled. School events like prom and graduation are to be determined. UPDATE: On March 17, 2020 Governor Evers announced Wisconsin schools are closed indefinitely.
On a national level, Destination Imagination (DI) a STEM program that area schools participate in has cancelled all state competitions and the world competition scheduled for May in Missouri. A team from Sevastopol School was on a course to attend a national competition of the Sea Perch program (under water robotics) at the University of Maryland in May—that too has been canceled
Many, if not most, of the area restaurants have moved to no in-house dining. They are providing call-ahead carry-out service. For now neighborhood gathering places such as the local bar are open but must abide by the social distancing recommendation, and sometimes orders, placed by local, state, and national governmental agencies. UPDATE: As of 5:00 p.m. on March 17th, 2020, Governor Evers ordered all bars & restaurants closed with take out orders only.
The Door County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ARDC) is open, but just today didn’t serve the usual in-house lunch but moved to St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage to carry out only. The ARDC is a popular gathering spot for the retired in Door County and offers not only an opportunity for social gatherings but offers many other programs and services such as blood pressure screening, tax preparation services, and education programs on a daily basis. UPDATE: On March 17, 2020 the Governor ordered that no gatherings over 10 persons take place. What will happen with services like the ARDC which are not critical remains to be seen.
Grocery stores are open for business. An app for Walmart and Pick N Save allows one to place their order online and pickup outside. Never wanted to go that route, but I did today and must say I found it very convenient. Main Street Market in Egg Harbor will move to pickup only on March 22nd.
Some area stores have closed and offer online shopping, such as SPOT in Sister Bay and Wilkins & Olander in Sturgeon Bay. Others have simply closed. Check online for your favorite stores.
I just read that Amazon is suspending all deliveries except medical supplies and high demand products. All the more reason to support those local stores who while closed or only online are doing things behind the scenes to help local people in need.
Some towns have cancelled events that public may have scheduled in their town halls and have the building open for governmental operations only. Across the country voters are encourage to register online for an absentee ballot. Be sure to do that before Wednesday, 3/18, otherwise you must register in person at your town office. We’ll wait to see what happens with the spring primary voting to occur on April 7th.
The Kress Pavilion and Door County Library in Egg Harbor is closed, as are other libraries around the Door.
A few churches have cancelled services for the immediate future, and some are going to an online service. UPDATE: With the Governor’s order on March 17, 2020 of no gatherings of greater than 10 persons it seems most churches will cancel services. No official announcements yet, but likely to come.
Some Bright Spots Among the Gloom
I know, that all seems so ominous. We as a country do certainly have a serious threat with the Coronavirus, but so many bright spots are showing themselves right here in Door County.
In addition to the schools preparing packaged take-out breakfast and lunches for students, there are restaurants and organizations stepping up to be sure the kids have at least one square meal a day and are offering pick daily. The YMCA is offering child care for children of community members who are the front line in providing services related to the COVID 19 virus from 5:30 a.. to 5:45 p.m., So very many stories like this they are too many to mention.
So, Door County has not closed the bridges but is taking the Coronavirus very seriously. If you are planning to visit Door County in the near future call ahead to confirm availability of lodging and be prepared for take-out meals and perhaps the need to get out and enjoy the great outdoors versus some shops and galleries.
Strange times and something you can tell you grandchildren about some day!
It seems changes from governmental agencies are daily, and revisions to schedules of local services and business happen hourly. If you cannot find what you are looking for online, call me at 920-493-5472 and I’ll see if I can help.