Some sections of life in Silver Bay are returning, albeit with social distancing regulations in place.

City Hall opened to the public Tuesday, May 19. City Administrator Lana Fralich said staff is adhering to COVID-19 screenings to ensure they stay compliant with Minnesota Department of Health and Center of Disease Control requirements.

"We still ask people to wear masks while they are in public facilities," Fralich said. "But we'd also recommend people continue to use the drop boxes outside and contact us through phone and email if it makes them more comfortable."

The Silver Bay police and city clerk windows have been adapted with plexiglass to protect the workers as they interact with the public.

The city liquor store remains open with a limit of five people in the space at a time. The bar section is still closed, but is expected to open on June 1.

The Silver Bay Public Library is still offering curbside service, but will allow up to five patrons in at a time within a week or so, Fralich said.

Some city events are being canceled, such as the summer Prairie Fire Theater program. Fralich said the program will likely return in 2021 when the school is open.

Campground still set to open

The city's ribbon cutting for the new Black Beach Campground is still tentatively set for June 1. Fralich said the ceremony might be partially digital to ensure social distancing numbers are kept.

"Put it on your calendar, but know that we might ask for some to stay home and watch from a distance," Fralich said.

The Black Beach Campground project broke ground in April 2019, but planning for it started back in 2014 following public surveys. The $2.5 million project was 91% funded by grants and will feature 49 campsites with 30 amp electric service, picnic tables, fire rings, restroom and bathhouse facilities and access to walking trails that lead to the beach.