MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Just in time for the holiday weekend, there is no longer any COVID-19 distancing or capacity restrictions for the first time in over a year.
It’s a chance for people, like those around Lake Minnetonka, to come together and celebrate.
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Summer traditions are well established at Cottagewood General Store in Deephaven.
“It’s been there forever and it’s so awesome that I used to come here when I was a kid. My parents lived on the streets, ”said Alyssa Derosier, a resident of Deephaven.
The store has been around for over a century and has been in the community since the 90s. But it’s never seen a summer quite like last year.
“It was just scary for everyone. We didn’t know if we were doing it right, ”said Laurie Jenkins, manager of Cottagewood General Store.
But summer is back and the people are ready.
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In Deephaven, there are many ways to access Back Channel Brewing. You can paddle, park your boat and there is also a popular cycle path nearby.
They have food trucks and the patio is in full swing. The owners say they were pretty strict with the COVID-19 restrictions, but they’re really excited to be once again a community center where people can host the table next door.
On Saturday, Back Channel is offering a free beer if you get a Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine.
And in Excelsior, the nautical club prepares its rentals. Pontoons are popular this year because they are perfect for a meeting.
“People are just looking to hang out with people other than their immediate family, you know,” said Tom Jacob, owner of the Bay to Bay Boat Club.
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And others are about to open their doors for the first time, and most are ready to meet again.