Mayor’s Letter May 9th

IMPORTANT Update from the Mayor- May 9 – As of May 1, per Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio’s “Stay at Home” order transformed into what is now known as the “Stay Safe Ohio” order. On May 8, our sister island to the west, South Bass (aka Put-In-Bay) announced their plan to fully reopen business on their island in accordance with safety guidelines set by our Governor. As a show of unity, we will follow suit in welcoming everyone back. This wasn’t an easy decision to make, as we are a different island with our own infrastructure challenges.

What does that mean for Kelleys Island?
• Travel to the island for tourism and recreational purposes can resume, including fishing, biking, kayaking, etc.; lodging properties can now accept reservations.
• Property owners, business owners, and employees are still welcome to come to the island for the purposes of attending to their homes or businesses.
• The Kelleys Island State Park Campground is still closed at this time.
• Beginning May 12, some retail shops will open on the island, provided they are able to do so safely and in compliance with health department guidelines.
• Beginning May 15, some restaurants/bars will open outdoor service, provided they are able to do so safely and in compliance with health department guidelines.
• Beginning May 21, some restaurants will open indoor service, provided they are able to do so safely and in compliance with health department guidelines.
• Marinas and golf cart rentals will soon open to customers, provided they are able to do so safely and in compliance with health department guidelines.
• The Kelleys Island History Museum will remain closed until June.
• The Charles Herndon Sculpture Garden’s outdoor portion will be open to the public as long as social distancing is practiced; the galleries will be open by appointment and masks will be required while inside.
• Visitors should prepare for reduced seating capacity and admittance inside retail spaces. Consider calling ahead for dining in. Takeout is still available. Do not congregate outside bars, restaurants, and shops once you have finished your meal or purchased your items.

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