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What to Expect in 2020

Now that things are much more open around Michigan, here is information to consider when traveling to the Petoskey Area.

  • On July 10, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-147, which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Most significantly, the order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering, with limited exceptions. 

Under the governor’s order, businesses that are open to the public must refuse entry and service to individuals who fail to comply, and must post signs at all entrances instructing customers of their legal obligation to wear a face covering while inside. Those who are exempt from wearing a mask in Michigan businesses include people younger than five years old, those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering, and those who are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment.  

The executive order took effect at 12:01am on Monday, July 13. A willful violation of the order is a misdemeanor subject to a $500 criminal penalty, but no term of confinement may be imposed on individuals who violate the mask requirement. 

  • 6 foot distancing between non-related people should be observed at all times.
  • As of May 22, the communities that comprise the Petoskey Area are allowed to open retail businesses and indoor dining at restaurants, wineries and bars – at 50% of normal occupancy. This may occasionally mean guests need to wait for entry to a store or to be seated at a restaurant. Please be patient.
  • As of now, many restaurants are offering takeout and curbside service in addition to full-service dining. 
  • Not all businesses are open – We suggest calling most anywhere in advance to confirm hours, as some businesses have modified their open times or are not taking walk-in business. Certain sections and amenities at many businesses may still be closed.
  • Our lodging properties are open and have updated their cleaning practices and employee health screening. We have asked all of our members at minimum, abide by the standards of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
  • Due to COVID-19 safety measures, pools, hot tubs, breakfast buffets and other amenities normally offered at lodging properties may be modified or not offered at all. Check on details when making a reservation. 
  • Please be patient. Our small communities are doing their best to make your visit here a pleasant experience. We are all in this together!
  •  Looking to plan ahead for later this year? Check out our area lodging page.

We will keep this page updated until we feel it’s the right time to take it down. We look forward to seeing you!

Updated: August 25, 2020

Please select the communities below for more information on safe practices in these areas while visiting.


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