Whitefish Chamber Wednesday Update: Oct. 28, 2020
In this issue
  • City OKs Halloween regulations to prevent 'super spreader' events
  • No 'Trick or Treat Street' downtown this year; but North Forty Resort will host a 'COVID conscious' Halloween event
  • Support the Food Bank's 'Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat!' food drive
  • Ad sales underway for Chamber's 2021 visitor & relocation guide
  • New Chamber member delivers ice melt to the place it's needed most ... your doorstep!
Expect police enforcement on Oct. 30-31
Halloween restrictions OK'd by City Council

     The Whitefish City Council on Monday placed additional restrictions on local restaurants, bars, breweries and distilleries for the Halloween weekend, in an effort to lessen the potential for the popular holiday tradition to become a COVID-19 "super spreader" event.

Mayor John Muhlfeld
Mayor John Muhlfeld
     After hearing from hundreds of local residents and business owners -- most of whom were in favor of the restrictions -- the Council adopted an Emergency Ordinance which will be in effect this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31.
     Restrictions imposed by the Emergency Ordinance approved at Monday's meeting include:
  • No public or private gatherings larger than 10 individuals may be held unless it is possible to maintain six feet of social distance. 

  • Restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and casinos may operate at no more than 75% capacity, depending on the business's ability to maintain adequate social distancing.

  • Restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, and casinos must limit seating to six individuals per table, and prohibit sitting or standing at bars or counters. 
  • Restaurants, bars, and casinos must close their doors and have all patrons out by 11:30 p.m.; breweries and distilleries must comply with state law regarding closing times.
     For the latest Community Update from Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld, please click on the image above.
North Forty Resort seeks to 'fill the gap'
No 'Trick or Treat Street'
this year for local kids

     Yet another popular Whitefish tradition has fallen victim to the COVID-19 crisis -- the annual "Trick or Treat Street" kids' extravaganza in downtown Whitefish.

     Though a handful of businesses are still planning to celebrate the Halloween holiday in one way or another, the vast majority of our downtown businesses will not be distributing candy to local ghosts and goblins on Saturday afternoon/evening, and many will be closed altogether.

     Businesses we talked to were concerned about the health and safety of both their employees and local school kids, and felt it unwise to promote an event that brings hundreds of local kids -- and their parents -- to the crowded sidewalks of the Central Avenue business district.

North Forty Resort offers 'low-key' family fun for Halloween
     If you're looking for an alternative to the usual downtown Halloween scene, our friends at the North Forty Resort are hosting a family-oriented event at their place from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

     The event features trick-or-treating at their cabins in a well-lit and safe environment; marshmallow roasting at firepits scattered around the resort; cookie decorating; raffle drawings for gift certificates from Sacred Waters Brewing Company; sipping cider and munching donuts!

     For more information call the North Forty Resort at 862-7740.
Trick or treat ... so kids can eat!
North Valley Food Bank stocks-up on
kid-friendly food for Halloween ... and beyond!

     Our good friends at the North Valley Food Bank are celebrating the Halloween holiday a little bit differently this year, staging a kid-friendly food drive with a goal of collecting four tons of food by this Saturday ... and they need your help!

     According to MaryBeth Morand, the Food Bank has put together "Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat" out of concern that many local children are not benefitting from school meal programs during the COVID crisis, and are turning to the Food Bank for healthy. non-perishable food.

     Donation tubs are located at Whitefish schools, grocery stores and three dozen local businesses, most of which are offering discounts, freebies or other "incentives" for folks who walk in the door with a donation for the Food Bank.  

     CLICK HERE for a list of participating businesses and the incentives they're offering, then get out there and donate!  No sweets or perishable items, but there are plenty of things the Food Bank needs to stock the shelves: applesauce cups, canned tuna, cereal, crackers, fruit cups or snacks, Goldfish, granola bars, mac & cheese, nuts, oatmeal, peanut butter, soups, toothpaste and tooth brushes ... and that's just for starters!

     For more information, call the North Valley Food Bank at 862-5863.
Reserve your spot today!
Ad sales underway for
2021 Whitefish Guide

     As 2020 begins to wind down, we're hard at work putting together the 2021 Whitefish Community Guide ... the "ultimate guide to all things Whitefish."

     The 64-page, four-color magazine serves as the Chamber's official Visitor and Relocation Guide, with more than 7,000 copies distributed to folks interested in visiting -- or moving to -- the Whitefish area each year.

     The Guide is also the official membership directory for the Chamber, and features sections on Economic Development, Real Estate, Education, Healthcare, Special Events, Local History, Chamber Events & Programs ... in addition to complete Restaurant, Lodging and Activity guides.

     If you're interested in promoting your business in the 2021 Whitefish Community Guide, call Clint Webb at 260-6981, or email clint@whitefishchamber.org today!
All iced-up ... in October?
New member delivers ice melt, direct to your doorstep!

     If last week's early blast of winter caught you off-guard -- or even if it didn't -- one of our newest Chamber members has a service you just might be interested in.

     Trippel Seasons Complete Exterior Maintenance has come up with what they're calling their "5-Gallon Ice Melt Service," saving you the hassle of dealing with 50-pound bags of salt by delivering 5-gallon buckets filled with 60 pounds of ice melt direct to your door ... and refilled whenever you need it!  There's no contract, and you can cancel the service at any time -- just return the buckets and scooper.

     For more info, call or text Trevor at Trippel Seasons -- (406) 471-1067.