Non-essential businesses on North Shore prepare to reopen on Monday
May 17, 2020 08:25AM
By Emma Quinn of KBJR-TV - May 17, 2020
As businesse prepare to reopen,some on the North Shore were still closed on Saturday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Rustic Inn and Cafe were running half of their normal business.
Owner Beth Sullivan said they've been operating a curbside food delivery, the gift shop which has been closed for several weeks due to pandemic.
The business has taken a hit with the retail side closed, but will reopen on Monday as Governor Tim Walz lifts restrictions on the "Stay at Home" order.
"It pretty much shut it down, because it's really hard to have any idea of what you've got," said Sullivan.
Under the lifted restrictions, businesses must operate with a 50% capacity, Sullivan said this means they'll allow five customers in the gift shop at a time.
"We are getting some signeage, and we're increasing the spacing between our asiles," said Sullivan.
Owners have decided to move all clearance racks outside when the time comes, and said they'll follow state and CDC guidelines.
Sullivan said, "We'll be wearing face masks inside, and we'll be wiping down and that sort of thing."
Located in a tourist-based part of the state, she said they aren't worried about people not following the rules, "I don't have any worries because I can't control it,' said Sullivan. "But my thought process is that we'll probably be seeing quite a few fewer people."
In what would be one of their busiest times for business, owners have decided to operate from 11 am to 7 pm instead of their normal 8 am to 8 pm.
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