Stone County is almost back up to full speed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting shutdowns, although local merchants and restaurants are still operating under some safety restrictions.

"Slowly but surely, we're getting back to normal," Wiggins Mayor Joel Miles said Monday. "We'll have a board meeting Tuesday night (after press time) to act on businesses reopening. We, generally, have been following the governor's guidance. I know today, he listed a few more things. I anticipate that we will probably follow that lead for our Tuesday night meeting."

Most businesses and restaurants in Wiggins are back open and operating as close to normal as possible while following social distancing and occupancy restrictions, Miles said.

China Inn is still open for take-out only, Miles said, "but apparently, that's just their choice. The buffet would have to be different, of course. I think everybody else is getting back to normal."

"Everything right now is business as usual," Flint Creek Park Administrator Joe Smith said Monday. Everything is open. We've been busy and we're just trying to accommodate everybody."

Smith said the water park is open Thursday, Friday and Sunday, from 1-6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

"In the future, if it gets a little busier, we may try to open seven days a week at the ate slide, but right now it's just those four days."

All the camp sites, cabins and camp houses are open he said.

Smith said Flint Creek will host its annual Independence Day Celebration with fireworks. This year's celebration is scheduled for July 3, starting at 9 p.m. The cost to enter is $10 per vehicle.

As of Monday, Stone County was still in better shape than most of the surrounding counties, with just 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, and no deaths.

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