Elkhart Lake is Open for Safe Travel
As we continue to welcome visitors back, a new dedication to cleanliness and safety echoes throughout our Village. All of our businesses are taking extra precautions to create a safe experience for customers and their employees. We will continue to follow the guidance from state health authorities, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and CDC to provide businesses with updated operating guidelines and procedures. Even though the way we travel has changed, we need to continue to work together, take care of each other, and remember to be kind. When you are ready to start traveling again, Elkhart Lake will be waiting.
On August 1, 2020, the state of Wisconsin enacted a face coverings order that requires every individual age five and older to wear a face covering whenever they are indoors or in an enclosed space (other than a private residence) and other people are present in the same room or space. This order is in effect until November 21, 2020.
If you are visiting the Elkhart Lake area, please take in consideration the following:
Each of our businesses are following guidelines and best practices outlined by Sheboygan County and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corportation (WEDC) to protect the health and safety of their customers and staff.
Please Be Patient & Kind
Keep in mind that businesses may not be running at full capacity and wait times may be longer than usual.
Call Ahead of Time
Please call businesses beforehand to verify hours and any changes in service or operations so you know what to expect before you get there. Businesses are now operating at 25%, effective October 8, 2020.
Be Safe & Responsible
Respect any safety precautions or guidelines businesses may have in place, such as enforcing the 6-foot social-distancing rule, limiting the number of participants in a group activity, wearing a face mask, or serving a limited number of customers at a time.
Plans may change while you are visiting and you may have to adjust your day, but remember the overall goal is to relax and have fun while you are visiting Elkhart Lake.
Protective steps outlined by the CDC:
Wash your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- It’s especially important to wash:
- Before eating or preparing food
- Before touching your face
- After using the restroom
- After leaving a public place
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After handling your mask
- After changing a diaper
- After caring for someone sick
- After touching animals or pets
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
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Avoid close contact
- Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
- Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
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Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
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Cover coughs and sneezes
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectantsexternal icon will work.
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Monitor Your Health Daily
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
- Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
- Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
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It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19 there are many important benefits, such as:
- Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
- Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.