Lake Geneva officials look for social distancing guidelines after busy weekend

Posted at 10:49 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 23:50:41-04

After a busy weekend of tourists, officials in Lake Geneva are considering making changes to help visitors social distance. Alderman Cindy Flower said “I think that based on this last weekend we really need to talk about sidewalk space, cafe dining and all those things related to COVID. I don’t think that it can wait until the next council meeting two weeks from now I think that every weekend is critical.”

While creating guidelines for the post lock down Lake Geneva was not on the agenda, the discussion quickly turned to what needed to be done. Many on the Common Council thought that limiting the number of people on Riviera Beach this last weekend worked. The main concern was the amount of people walking down the sidewalks where many people are eating at restaurants.

“What I saw this weekend and the weekend before, there’s absolutely no social distancing going on, most people aren't wearing masks” said Alderman Shari Straube.

Some on the council thought that the issue was better left alone. “If you want to start controlling social distancing in the city itself not public facilities, you’re going to have to close the whole town down” said Alderman Ken Howell. Alderman Tim Dunn said “You’re supposed to come here and unwind and not have the hassles of life in the big city… If they are not getting out of hand and destroying property or injuring each other I think we should back off.”

The council voted to meet this Thursday and work on a Lake Geneva COVID-19 Bounce Back plan.

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