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Northwoods resorts prepare for summer tourism
NORTHWOODS - John and Sue Altschwager own White Birch Village Resort in Boulder Junction.

"We all need a vacation right now and we want to offer that opportunity in a safe environment," said Mrs. Altschwager.

To do so, they've closed down gathering areas like the game room and the hot tub.

"We want to protect us, we want to protect our staff, and we want to protect our guests and make sure everybody feels comfortable being here," said Mr. Altschwager.

As an added measure of safety, the owners at White Birch treated all surfaces with a product they say kills viruses for up to 90 days.

"It's called BioProtect," said Mrs. Altschwager. "It coats all surfaces, from fabrics, to wood, to concrete. It inhibits growth of viruses and bacteria."

Meanwhile, some resorts are already open for business. At Sunrise Resort in Presque Isle, owner Scott Behrendt says social distancing is nothing new.

"It's been open since the 50's and social distancing has been the norm around here ever since then. In a lot of ways, things haven't changed a lot," said Behrendt.

Behrendt provides all guests with hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray. However, he's also asking guests to take some safety measures of their own.

"We've been asking our guests to bring up as much as they can to stay out of the local stores," said Behrendt. "I ask them to bring their own toilet paper so they don't run to the stores and buy up the local toilet paper."

Although most of their business comes from out-of-towners, both resorts are confident about the safety measures in place.

"I think it's extremely safe for individuals to vacation up here," said Mr. Altschwager. "If there's any place in the state that can happen it's right here."

Story By: Peter Dubois

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