COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

2021:  We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and make adjustments to our 2021 season as necessary.  Decisions and adjustments for the 2021 season will not be made until March or April of 2021.  Until then, we will continue to plan for a 2021 season and services as usual.   We will communicate any updates via email and online outlets as they are available.  The safety of our guests and staff will always be priority #1.

 

Phase 3 begins June 10!

BIG NEWS!

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announces he is turning the dial and loosening restrictions on businesses effective June 10. 

What this means is that many of the changes that we announced just a few short weeks ago have now changed.  We will still be practicing social distancing and taking extra precautions in cleaning and sanitizing. However, we feel these changes will have a significant impact on your experience at the resort so we wanted to update you on what you can now expect to see when you vacation with us this summer.

Fair Hills Resort will still open on Sunday, June 14.

Fair Hills Vacation

With the new loosening of restrictions, we feel like a vacation at Fair Hills will feel like the true destination getaway it is. Many of the updates that were sent out on May 21 have now changed in regard to which facilities and activities will be available while you are staying with us. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to guest and staff safety and health. 

  • Length of Stay – There are NO restrictions on your length of stay– except there is a 2 day minimum.
    • Guest Rooms (Cabins) – Along with our normal cleaning protocols, housekeeping staff will disinfect with EPA-approved disinfectant  each room’s water faucet handles, toilet seats and handles, door and furniture handles and other high-touch items including, nightstands, doors, light switches, temperature control panels, alarm clocks, luggage racks, railings and flooring as well as the entire kitchen. 
  • Bedding & Linens – No change from prior years.
    • Maid Service – Only change here is no daily maid service.
    • Laundry – No change from prior years.
  • Dining -The Dining Room will be OPEN! We still will ask that you make your meal choices in advance but we are thrilled that we will be able to host you in the Dining Room! 
  • Meal Times – Meal times will remain the same, unless an occupancy threshold over 50% of the space’s capacity is met. At that time, we will adjust and allow for extended hours to safely serve you one of our delicious meals. 
  • Menus – Our menus will be largely unchanged in format and variety.  We have added a few new items and will continue to accommodate all dietary requests. 
  • Ordering – We are going to require that your meal order be submitted ahead of time.  We will email the weekly menu to all reservations 10 days prior to your arrival.  The order form will be attached.  All meal orders are due at least one day in advance and sooner if possible. For your convenience, you may turn in your entire weekly order ahead of time, even before you arrive. Please be thorough as same day changes are not possible.

 

  • Activities – We are thrilledthat we will be able to offer some fun family activities this summer. Get ready for BINGO!, golf and tennis tournaments, campfires, trivia, family fishing derbies, closest to the pin, speed golf, cocktail hour singalongs, ice cream socials,  and talent shows! 
  • Fitness Classes- Fitness classes are in session for the summer at the resort. Depending on attendance, we will make sure it takes place in a room that meets capacity guidance for safe social distancing.
  • Amenities – 
  • Pool – The pool will be OPEN! The hot tub will be OPEN! Occupancy limits must be respected but we are thrilled that we can now offer you the chance to “swim in the pool” while on vacation at Pelican Lake.
  • Playground –  The playground is OPEN
  • Land Games  -We will still be cleaning the equipment as it is returned. These activities are OPEN!
  • Golf Course – The golf course will be OPEN.  The pins will be modified such that your ball will not drop into the cup so you don’t have to touch the pin.  All communal items on the course have been removed for your safety: rakes, benches, ball washers. 
  • Golf Carts  – Golf carts will be available for rental as usual.  Family members from the same household will be able to ride 2 per cart.  Non-household guests must rent a different cart.
  • Tennis Courts – The tennis courts will be OPEN and available for use.  Please refer to USTA rules.  
  • Non-Motorized Boats – All non-motorized boats will be available for use. You guessed it– “you can rent a canoe!”   There will be sanitation stations set-up on the beach for you to clean the vessel  after each use. 
  • Rental Boats  – We will have our usual fleet of motorized boats available for rent.  
  • Water Mat/Tower/Green Raft – The tower, water mat, and raft will be in the lake!
  • Massages  – We will still offer massages.  You can set-up your appointment in advance of your stay.
  • Lobby/Pavilion  – The lobby will be OPEN.  The pavilion will be OPEN. The 2nd story Library will be OPEN .  The lower level blue/green room with billiards and ping pong will also now OPEN
  • Soda Fountain  – The Soda Fountain will be OPEN with the full menu; ice cream, pop, popcorn, candy, etc.  Our service will be modified to follow best practices but rest assured you will still be able to enjoy your favorite tasty treats. We will also be offering delivery service for online or phone call orders. Yes, this means you can “snack in the cool!” 
  • The Perch – The Perch will be OPEN with the full menu.  We will also be offering delivery service for online or phone call orders. Imagine yourself sitting lakeside with a cool, refreshing beverage in hand!
  • Gift Shop – We will now be able to OPEN the Gift Shop with some modifications made to maintain social distancing and how merchandise is handled. 

 

Employee Safety & Health

  • Covid-19 Training – All employees will receive training on COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols with more comprehensive training for our teams with frequent guest contact including Housekeeping and Resort Operations.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Available  PPE including gloves, and facemask/face shields will be worn by all employees based on their role and responsibilities. Training on how to properly use and dispose of all PPE will be mandatory. Every employee entering the resort will be provided a mask and required to wear that mask in any situation that they are in close contact (within 6 feet) of another person. Gloves will be provided to employees whose responsibilities require them as determined by medical experts including housekeeping.
  • Hand Washing – All employees have been instructed they must wash their hands every 60 minutes (for 20-seconds) and after any of the following activities: Using the restroom, sneezing, touching the face, blowing the nose, cleaning, sweeping, mopping, smoking, eating, drinking, going on break, before or after starting a shift and in before and after starting to clean a new cabin.

 

Guest Safety & Health

  • Physical Distancing – Guests will be required to practice physical distancing by standing at least six feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them while on the public dock or moving around the property. All resort departments will comply with, or exceed, local or state mandated occupancy limits. Current CDC guidelines recommend masks must be worn.
  • Sanitation Stations – Sanitation stations will be available outside throughout the resort, including; at each dock, on the deck, laundry,  and the fish cleaning house.  Please utilize and sanitize any equipment you use.  
  • Upon Check-Out –Same as prior years.  Safe travels and we will see you in 51 weeks!

Reservation Options: 

We understand the need for flexibility and creativity in these uncertain times. Because we know you’ve been counting down the weeks to your Fair Hills vacation we have come up with three options you can choose from. This change in our policy will remain in effect through the end of our summer season. Please let us know at your earliest convenience what option will work best for your family.

    • Keep Your Reservation – Keep your reservation and stay with us this summer.  We will update your bill to reflect the pricing changes and update your dates if applicable.  You may have the option to change cabins this summer. 
    • Transfer to 2021 – Cancel your 2020 reservation and transfer all payments/deposits to a reservation in 2021.  The $50 cancellation fee will not apply to any deposits immediately transferred to a 2021 reservation.  
    • Cancel Your 2020 Reservation – Cancel your 2020 reservation prior to 30 days of your arrival and receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee.  If you cancel less than 30 days to your arrival, your deposit is non-refundable. 
  • Cabin Dibs – We will consider the cabin chart as though it were a normal year.  If you cancel your 2020 reservation but make a reservation for 2021, you have first dibs on what you would have had in 2020.  If you cancel your reservation for 2020 and don’t make a reservation for 2021, you relinquish your rights to that cabin.  If you switch cabins in 2020, you may not have first dibs on that cabin for 2021.  You may have second dibs.  We will handle this on a case by case basis.  We do not want anyone to lose “their” cabin due to these unprecedented circumstances.  

 

Please reach out to us prior to your 30 day cancellation deadline if you plan to transfer or cancel your reservation.  

 

We still ask for personal responsibility from everyone.  We ask that if you are presenting COVID-19 symptoms, cold and flu like symptoms, or have a compromised immune system, please reschedule your vacation with us.  We also ask that you follow the recommended CDC guidelines for self-protection.  By taking care of yourself, you will take care of others, and for that we thank you. If you are considering traveling from an area identified as a Coronavirus hotspot, we ask that you please postpone your vacation to next year. If you, or someone in your reservation, are sick, or have been exposed to someone who is sick or presenting with COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath: 

  • Prior to Arrival – Please do not come.  Contact us immediately and we will work with you to either cancel or reschedule your reservation. 
  • During your Stay – Please notify our office immediately.  Please stay in contact with us about your symptoms after you return home. 
  • Within Two Weeks of your Departure – Please contact us to let us know if you have these symptoms and keep us posted on if you get a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. 

We will continue to make updates and changes as we get more guidance and work through the details.  We are hopeful to be able to add services as the summer progresses.  However, we may also need to update and restrict services, much is out of our control.  It is such a different summer and we want you all to know that we so appreciate all of you who have made Fair Hills your summer vacation home.  If you feel comfortable visiting again this year, we assure you our best efforts for your safety, and that of our staff is first and foremost on our minds!  Vacations are so precious! Our warmest memories are often when we have celebrated time with family and friends.  We trust that this summer you’ll make the best choice that fits your comfort level.  There is a virus out there and as you well know social distancing is not the norm at Fair Hills!  We will do our best to make the 95th year one for the memory books! Do you want to remember you were here or is it better for your gang to wait until 2021? 

 

Stay in touch with emails and phone calls!! Thanks to each and every one of you. Please know we are thrilled to call you our guests- and our friends! 

 

Take care of yourselves and each other,

The Schupps, Kaldahls, and all the Fair Hills Family 

May 21, 2020

As the landscape continues to change, day by day, our anticipation for summer grows.  When it comes to Fair Hills Resort,  we’re sure you have questions and we wanted to share with you our plans as they stand now. We are certain that the idea of Fair Hills in your minds and memories, like ours, is far from a place where social distancing is the norm. We’re sure you have questions and we wanted to share with you our plans as they stand now.

The Fair Hills family is all-encompassing; we are guests, staff, friends, neighbors, partners, and community.  Our family is our life. We are going to do everything we can to protect their health, safety, livelihoods, and trust. 

As these times remain uncertain, our promise to you is that Fair Hills will remain vigilant in our quest for information and prepared for change.  We promise to ensure strict sanitization of our properties with extra care placed on addressing high touch point areas.  We will provide our staff with gloves, facemask and/or face shields. They will receive training, and information to insure they can deliver current standards for cleanliness.

We are going to need a little help through this as well.  To our extended Fair Hills family, we ask for patience. We are all navigating into uncharted waters and all of it feels very opposite to the experiences we love to create for our guests and staff.  We ask for personal responsibility from everyone.  We ask that if you are presenting COVID-19 symptoms, cold and flu like symptoms, or have a compromised immune system, please reschedule your vacation with us.  We also ask that you follow the recommended CDC guidelines for self-protection.  By taking care of yourself, you will take care of others, and for that we thank you.

The Fair Hills experience is yours to make, from dining to play, be it enjoyed in family groups, or on a more individual, natural, peaceful approach; the options will be here for you.  We promise to adhere to best practices and give you the ability to respectfully distance with your people.

When the time is right and you’re ready, we’ll be here for you….right here on the shores of beautiful……Pelican Lake!

We are closely monitoring advisories and updates regarding COVID-19 from the CDC, WHO, MDH, OSHA and a variety of  healthcare and regulatory organizations. We will continue to make changes as necessary to our protocols and procedures.  The safety and health of our guests and staff are our top priority while balancing a memory making, fun-filled family experience. As always, you can expect that we are all here to assist you. Don’t hesitate to touch base with us if you need anything or have any questions along the way. 

Fair Hills Resort will open on Sunday, June 14.

If you are considering traveling from an area identified as a Coronavirus hotspot, we ask that you please postpone your vacation to next year. If you, or someone in your reservation, are sick, or have been exposed to someone who is sick or presenting with COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath: 

  • Prior to Arrival – Please do not come.  Contact us immediately and we will work with you to either cancel or reschedule your reservation. 
  • During your Stay – Please notify our office immediately.  Please stay in contact with us about your symptoms after you return home. 
  • Within Two Weeks of your Departure – Please contact us to let us know if you have these symptoms and keep us posted on if you get a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. 

Fair Hills Vacation

While this seems to be an ever changing situation with guidance subject to frequent changes, please know we will do our best to communicate our efforts and share with you what to expect during your visit. We have never been so glad to welcome you back to the shores of Pelican Lake while being equally aware of how we must do all we can to understand this new age of precaution. While this may feel a bit different than our normal Fair Hills welcome, rest assured that we are so happy to have you. There are a few changes that we want to highlight for your consideration before your arrival.

    • Length of Stay – We are making it a priority to limit stays to a maximum of 6 nights.  This allows us the time we need to thoroughly & confidently clean each cabin.  In addition to thorough cleaning, this will also allow a  24 + hour no contact period between guests in the cabins.  For current week-long reservations, arrival date will remain on Saturday, departure date will update to Friday.  For stays less than a full week, your reservation does not need to adjust unless you were departing on Saturday.  We will reach out to those directly to make appropriate arrangements.  Rates will be prorated at a 6/7s rate.  If you were taking advantage of our 3, 4 or 6 night special, those rates remain unchanged.  An updated rate sheet is available on our website as well as linked at the bottom of this update. In the past, a service charge was applied which will be negated this year. 
    • Guest Rooms (Cabins) – Along with our normal cleaning protocols, housekeeping staff will disinfect with EPA-approved disinfectant  each room’s water faucet handles, toilet seats and handles, door and furniture handles and other high-touch items including, nightstands, doors, light switches, temperature control panels, alarm clocks, luggage racks, railings and flooring as well as the entire kitchen. Items that are not easily wiped down and sanitized have been removed from guest rooms; including books, games and puzzles.
  • Bedding & Linens – We will continue to supply your  linens and towels.  We require  that you bring your  blankets and pillows.   A limited number of blankets and pillows  are available under special circumstances with prior notification. Please contact the office to make arrangements.
    • Maid Service – To ensure we are taking all possible precautionary measures in regard to guest and staff safety,  daily maid service will be paused this year to minimize any outside exposure inside your cabin.  If you do want to change your linens, please put all dirty linens in the provided clear plastic supply bag.  Light service can be provided upon request, but the cabin must be vacant during maid service.  
    • Laundry – When cleaning checkouts, dirty linen will be bagged by you to eliminate excess contact while being transported to the laundry facility. All bed linens and laundry will continue to be washed at high temperature in accordance with CDC guidelines.  The guest laundry rooms will be open for you to use.  We will sanitize each twice a day and sanitation stations will be available in both locations.
    • Cabin Reservation Spacing – We are requiring that each of our cabins sit cleaned and empty for at least 24 hours prior to a new guest arrival.  This may require us to move you to a different cabin.  This will be discussed on a reservation by reservation basis.  
  • Dining -Dining is currently not allowed inside of restaurants as directed by the State of Minnesota. As a result, we have had to adapt and will be offering new options for you to enjoy your meals.
  • Pick Up and Delivery: All of your delicious meals will have to be ordered in advance, with a choice of meals being delivered to your cabin or available for pick-up to enjoy at your location of choice throughout the grounds. 
  • Meal Times – With this new adventure in dining at the resort comes new meal times. Breakfast now will be served from 8:00-9:00. Lunch will be provided from 12:00-1:00. Dinner is available from 6:00-7:00. We will ask that you indicate your preferences for your  time and method of delivery with your menu selections. 
      • Menus – Our menus will be largely unchanged in format and variety.  We have added a few new items and will continue to accommodate all dietary requests. 
  • Ordering – We are going to require that your meal order be submitted well ahead of time.  We will email the weekly menu to all reservations 10 days prior to your arrival.  The order form will be attached.  All meal orders are due at least one day in advance and sooner if possible. You may turn in your entire weekly order ahead of time, even before you arrive. Please be thorough as same day changes are not possible.
  • Activities – It is with deep disappointment  and sadness  we have cancelled all our facilitated activities.  There will not be any facilitated 4-8, 8-14, or adult activities planned. We will continue to evaluate guidance and if we can, provide family activities whenever possible throughout your stay.  This does mean there will be no Hootenanny this year–we are heartbroken about this one as we were certain it was slated to be our best yet! As we are significantly reducing services we so enjoy providing to you  from normal years, the 15% service charge will be removed from all bills.   
  • Lessons – Lessons will not be offered this year.  This includes water-skiing, tennis, golf, sailing & swimming.  
  • Amenities – We will offer whatever amenities we can offer safely. 
  • Pool – The pool will open as soon as the state allows.  Currently pools must be closed.  This includes the hot tub. 
  • Playground –  The playground will open as soon as the state allows.  Currently, playgrounds must be closed.  
  • Land Games  – Any land game or activity that requires equipment will be made available for check-out.   Use at your own risk. They will be cleaned upon return.
  • Golf Course – The golf course will be open .  The pins will be modified such that your ball will not drop into the cup.  Flags are not to be touched or removed.  All communal items on the course have been removed: rakes, benches, ball washers. 
  • Golf Carts  – Golf carts will be available for rental as usual.  Family members from the same household will be able to ride 2 per cart.  Non-household guests must rent a different cart.
  • Tennis Courts – The tennis courts will be open and available for use.  Please refer to USTA rules.  
  • Non-Motorized Boats – All non-motorized boats will be available for use.   There will be sanitation stations set-up on the beach for you to clean the vessel  after each use. 
  • Rental Boats  – We will have our usual fleet of motorized boats available for rent.  
  • Water Mat/Tower/Green Raft – We are currently awaiting guidance on safe usage for these communal lake toys.  We will update as we know more.  
  • Massages  – We will still offer massages.  You can set-up your appointment in advance of your stay.
  • Lobby/Pavilion  – The lobby will be closed.  The pavilion will be closed. The 2nd story Library will be closed.  The lower level blue/green room with billiards and ping pong will also remain closed. 
  • Soda Fountain  – The Soda Fountain will be open with the full menu; ice cream, pop, popcorn, candy, etc.  Our service will be modified to follow best practices but rest assured you will still be able to enjoy your favorite tasty treats. We will also be offering delivery service for online or phone call orders.  
  • The Perch – The Perch will be open with the full menu, if allowed by the State of Minnesota.  It will operate out of the soda fountain, via window service to begin.  We will also be offering delivery service for online or phone call orders.  
  • Gift Shop – We will make all of our gift shop items available, whether it is online or through another display option.  Traditional shopping practices will not be available.  We are still working on the details of how to operate the gift shop.  TBD! 

Employee Safety & Health

  • Covid-19 Training – All employees will receive training on COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols with more comprehensive training for our teams with frequent guest contact including Housekeeping and Resort Operations.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Available  PPE including gloves, and facemask/face shields will be worn by all employees based on their role and responsibilities. Training on how to properly use and dispose of all PPE will be mandatory. Every employee entering the resort will be provided a mask and required to wear that mask in any situation that they are in close contact (within 6 feet) of another person. Gloves will be provided to employees whose responsibilities require them as determined by medical experts including housekeeping.
  • Hand Washing – All employees have been instructed they must wash their hands every 60 minutes (for 20-seconds) and after any of the following activities: Using the restroom, sneezing, touching the face, blowing the nose, cleaning, sweeping, mopping, smoking, eating, drinking, going on break, before or after starting a shift and in before and after starting to clean a new cabin.

Guest Safety & Health

  • Physical Distancing – Guests will be required to practice physical distancing by standing at least six feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them while on the public dock or moving around the property. All resort departments will comply with, or exceed, local or state mandated occupancy limits. Current CDC guidelines recommend masks must be worn.
  • Sanitation Stations – Sanitation stations will be available outside throughout the resort, including; at each dock, on the deck, laundry,  and the fish cleaning house.  Please utilize and sanitize any equipment you use.  
  • Upon Check-Out – We require the following tasks to be completed upon your check-out.  Failure to do so will result in an additional cleaning fee of $150.  
    • Bag up and remove all trash from the cabin.  Please leave tied up trash bags directly outside the cabin.  Please make sure bags are securely closed. 
    • Strip all beds and bag up linens in supply bags.  Please inform us if you need additional linen bags.  Please leave all bagged linens in the living room of the cabin. 
    • If your cabin has a kitchen: put all dirty dishes in the dishwasher and start the cycle.  Please fill the dishwasher to capacity.  All dishes will be washed between guests.  

Reservation Options: 

We understand the need for flexibility and creativity in these uncertain times. Because we know you’ve been counting down the weeks to your Fair Hills vacation we have come up with three options you can choose from. This change in our policy will remain in effect through the end of our summer season. Please let us know at your earliest convenience what option will work best for your family.

    • Keep Your Reservation – Keep your reservation and stay with us this summer.  We will update your bill to reflect the pricing changes and update your dates if applicable.  You may have the option to change cabins this summer. 
    • Transfer to 2021 – Cancel your 2020 reservation and transfer all payments/deposits to a reservation in 2021.  The $50 cancellation fee will not apply to any deposits immediately transferred to a 2021 reservation.  
    • Cancel Your 2020 Reservation – Cancel your 2020 reservation prior to 30 days of your arrival and receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee.  If you cancel less than 30 days to your arrival, your deposit is non-refundable.  For guests arriving between June 14 – June 26, we are extending your decision deadline to Friday, May 29 as your 30 day deadline is past.  
  • Cabin Dibs – We will consider the cabin chart as though it were a normal year.  If you cancel your 2020 reservation but make a reservation for 2021, you have first dibs on what you would have had in 2020.  If you cancel your reservation for 2020 and don’t make a reservation for 2021, you relinquish your rights to that cabin.  If you switch cabins in 2020, you may not have first dibs on that cabin for 2021.  You may have second dibs.  We will handle this on a case by case basis.  We do not want anyone to lose “their” cabin due to these unprecedented circumstances.  

Please reach out to us prior to your 30 day cancellation deadline if you plan to transfer or cancel your reservation.  For guests arriving between June 14 – June 26, we are extending your decision deadline to Friday, May 29 as your 30 day deadline is past.  

We will continue to make updates and changes as we get more guidance and work through the details.  We are hopeful to be able to add services as the summer progresses.  However, we may also need to update and restrict services, much is out of our control.  It is such a different summer and we want you all to know that we so appreciate all of you who have made Fair Hills your summer vacation home.  If you feel comfortable visiting again this year, we assure you our best efforts for your safety, and that of our staff is first and foremost on our minds!  Vacations are so precious! Our warmest memories are often when we have celebrated time with family and friends.  We trust that this summer you’ll make the best choice that fits your comfort level.  There is a virus out there and as you well know social distancing is not the norm at Fair Hills!  We will do our best to make the 95th year one for the memory books! Do you want to remember you were here or is it better for your gang to wait until 2021? 

Stay in touch with emails and phone calls!! Thanks to each and every one of you. Please know we are thrilled to call you our guests- and our friends! 

Take care of yourselves and each other,

The Schupps, Kaldahls, and all the Fair Hills Family 

 

April 3, 2020

Greetings to all of you that are our friends, our family, our staff and our community. We wish you all the best of health and safety as we navigate this unprecedented pandemic.  

With each day bringing new thoughts and ideas on what the future looks like in regards to COVID-19, we must admit that we have no idea on what the summer of 2020 is going to look like.  We all strive to live each day as it comes, and to be thankful for all of our blessings each day. On the other hand, we spend all winter working on making the next summer season amazing!   We have hired a great staff. We have been tweaking the menus so there is something scrumptious for everyone each meal while incorporating clarifications on food allergies. The Perch has a menu of awesome drinks and games every day.  There are many new and fun activities planned for every age, all the while keeping the old favorites! Have I mentioned the Hootenanny?? So while being calm and acknowledging we have no concept of summer 2020, we sure hope it works out and we will be able to open with confidence.

Our current cancellation policy is if you cancel 60 days prior to your arrival date, your full deposit is refundable minus a $50 handling charge.  We are moving that date to 30 days now, as the virus is creating such an unknown deadline. If we end up not being able to open for 2020, we will do our best to figure out what will work for your family.  Of course, our desire is that you are open to just letting us book you for the same cabin and week but one year later, and we will keep your deposit on hold for 2021. But we will cross that bridge if it comes down to that.

For now, please stay safe, and follow the recommendations so we can all get together on the shores of….Pelican Lake!

Wishing you all the best, 

Beth & Dan Schupp and the rest of the Fair Hills Team

 

March 16, 2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak has so rapidly developed, we at Fair Hills Resort, Five Lakes Resort, The Barn at Five Lakes, and Wildflower Golf Course extend our thoughts to all during this unsettling time. As a business we have made the decision to follow the suggestions for best practices by the CDC and the WHO.  At this time, our staff has decided unilaterally to refrain from visiting restaurants, bars, fitness centers, churches and all non-essential businesses. We intend to practice social distancing by keeping our travels just to the essential business in the area for food and pharmacy needs.  This means that we are working remotely, instead of congregating in the Barn at Five Lakes this winter. We will do our very best to be quick to answer questions you may have and there should not be a lapse in communication.

For now, the recommendation for businesses would be that we will open on May 11, 2020.  We are working on creative ideas to get the golf course going prior to that date, using every necessary precaution in regards to cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing, and social distancing to help slow and stop the spread of Coronavirus.

These are unprecedented times and we appreciate your patience as we all work to see where this is heading.  Your family, and the larger community, is our priority and we want to make the best decision for your safety and wellbeing. As the timeline unfolds we will be in communication with those who have reservations with deposits and will be able to discuss how to best go forward.  Without a crystal ball, we can’t tell you now what will happen but believe us that it’s on our minds constantly.

From all of us, we wish the very best for all of you, your family, and friends.

Sincerely,

Beth and Dan Schupp, Dave, Steve and Lisa Kaldahl, Emily Meyers, Caitlin Norby, Glady Hovland, Casey Picillo, Marlette Anderson, Rebecca Benjamin, and all the staff.

FROM THE CDC

The recommendation today, and it seems to change almost daily, is the large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the US via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities.  Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities, but also by individuals.

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning or businesses.  This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.  This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html