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Marinette County lists outdoor recreation restrictions

MARINETTE, Wis. — As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues and summer approaches, more and more people will travel to their seasonal homes and cottages, said Marinette County Administrator John Lefebvre.

To assist residents and potential visitors, the county has adopted a plan for the outdoor recreation season that continues to encourage and enforce social distancing.

“Marinette County believes the following plan is sustainable and enforceable,” Lefebvre. said. “The county sheriff’s office asks in advance for your cooperation with these recreational closures so county law enforcement staff can concentrate on other more pressing matters.”

If you do not own property in Marinette County, or do not live in close proximity to Marinette County where you can travel to the county to enjoy a day in the outdoors and travel back home again at the end of the day, please reconsider visiting Marinette County at this time, officials said.

The following applies to Marinette County parks, campgrounds, ATV/UTV trails, waterfalls and forest lands:

— County parks will open May 1. However, until further notice, all restroom and playground facilities will remain closed for the safety of those using the facilities and those cleaning the facilities.

— All camping, lodges and cabins within the parks will remain closed until further notice. Anyone with a reservation may cancel the reservation without penalty and receive a refund for the reservation fee. If you do not cancel your reservation, the county will refund the reservation fee if the facility is closed at the time of the reservation.

— Camping on county- owned forest lands is prohibited until further notice. All other activities allowed on county land are permitted at this time. Trails to waterfalls will remain open.

— County-owned boat landings will remain open.

— All ATV/UTV trails are to open on May 1, weather permitting. “Please understand that although the trails may be open, many if not all the businesses which support the trail users are closed,” Lefebvre said.

Rules for use of county properties:

1. Obey all posted signs.

2. Pack out all waste.

3. Practice social distancing and restrict your group gathering size to those who traveled with you in your vehicle.

If planning to visit Marinette County please:

— Stay home (self-quarantine) if you’re not feeling well.

— Return to your place of residence if you become ill.

— Bring enough food and other supplies with you for the extent of your stay.

— Limit your stops at gas stations and grocery stores while in the county.

— Practice good hygiene by washing and sanitizing hands often.

— Plan accordingly as public restroom facilities are limited.

County staff will continue to monitor the use of county properties. If it is determined that properties are being improperly used or it becomes necessary to close these properties to have an impact on preventing the spread of COVID 19, additional closures may occur.

If you are relocating to the area please bring enough food and supplies with you to allow you to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days, Lefebvre said.

The county website at www.marinettecounty.com should be monitored for any changes.

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