Getting Back To Normal Slowly
The Britton City Council opened the door for local businesses to re-open at a special meeting last week Monday, and a number of establishments are taking advantage of the change.
A resolution unanimously passed by the council allowed all business operations previously closed to re-open with gatherings of people limited to one person per 30 square feet of room size. Businesses must also follow state guidelines regarding COVID-19.
Two of the three C-stores in Britton are now allowing sitdown customers. Holland’s Hot Stuff has opened up three of six booths to allow customers to be spaced out and encourage limiting each booth to family. Cliff-s 1-Stop does not have any booth restrictions but ask that customers practice social distancing and follow CDC guidelines. The Full Circle Ag C-Store has decided to not yet open for sit-down customers.
The VFW has re-opened for in-house meals and beverages. Customers are limited to parties of four or less and asked to practice social distancing. The business is open Monday through Friday but remains closed on Saturdays.
The Britton Country Club has opened its patio for seating and will allow people inside up to 50 percent capacity for meals. Meals are also still being provided for pick-up. The golf course is open for play under a different set of rules that does not allow taking the pin out of the hole, ball washers and bunker rakes are not available, and golfers are asked to have just one rider per cart unless in the same household.
Snapper’s Dry Bean has re-opened Thursday through Saturday this week from 5 p.m. to close and will be closed for Mother’s Day on Sunday. Next week Sunday hours will run from noon to close. Food will be served on Saturday from 5-8 p.m. for take-out only.
Flowers By Anita has reopened with limited hours. The flower shop will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays the next two weeks from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Fridays from 1:30-5 p.m. Orders will also be taken over the phone, by email, and through the web site
Ṫhe Strand Theatre remains closed for now. A third successful popcorn sale was held on Friday with plans for another on May 15.
“We’re kind of going by what the churches are going to do,” noted Strand owner Tom Farber. “I’m not worried about seating but it’s just getting people in and out where exposure comes into play. We don’t want to open too soon, but we don’t want to remain closed forever either.”
Plans are being made to open the Britton swimming pool this summer and to allow youth sports to go on as scheduled.