Reopening Safely in Traverse City
In Traverse City and the surrounding regions, the well-being of residents and guests is top priority. That’s why our region is following local, state, and federal guidelines to ensure safety, health and peace of mind. We are all in this together—and residents and visitors alike need to be vigilant to ensure our community is able to remain open.
If you want to know if your favorite local business is open, the best thing to do is call them or check their website/social media!
In the video and information below, you’ll find a snapshot of what you can expect when you visit the Traverse City area.
If you are in our region and experience symptoms, here is local health information:
What Is Open
As new business sectors are able to open, we will continue to update this list with the latest changes.
- Restaurants are open (this varies and is dependent on individual businesses). Click here for places to eat outside and here for take out options. Please note a limited capacity is in place according to state rules.
- Bars are open for outdoor seating and carry out only.
- Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries
- Retail stores
- Golf courses
- Parks including the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (click here for details)
- Grocery stores
- Other essential businesses
- BATA Bus, Transportation and the Cherry Capital Airport
Indoors - limited to 10 people
Outdoors - limited to 250 people
What You Can Do
- Wear a face mask while in indoor public spaces and in crowded outdoor public spaces (required by the state of MI, Executive Order 2020-147)
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
- Practice social distancing by staying six feet away from people who aren’t in your household
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay home if you feel sick or have had contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms while traveling, please self-quarantine and seek guidance from the resources below.
What TC Is Doing
Each business has their own safety procedures, but here’s an idea of how our hotels and businesses are creating safe environments for staff and customers.
- Implementing “contactless” processes and payments wherever possible
- Requiring frontline staff to wear masks and other PPE as necessary
- Requiring guests to wear masks and other PPE as necessary
- Screening employees for symptoms before every shift
- Enhancing cleaning practices
Downtown Traverse City has added nine hand washing stations downtown to help residents and visitors enjoy downtown safely. You can find the stations between Wellington St. and Maple St. using the map below.
For additional information from Downtown Traverse City about about the new pedestrian only areas along Front St, the traffic patterns, and parking -- click here.
- Implementing new cleaning procedures of rooms and commons areas
- Providing sanitation stations throughout the property
- Minimizing guest contact in elevators, lobbies, etc.
- Limiting occupancy to 50% in restaurants, bars, wineries, etc.
- Spacing tables to meet social distancing guidelines
- Continuing take-out and curbside services
- Outdoor seating, click here for options
- Limiting occupancy to 25%
- Frequently sanitizing high-traffic areas
- Posting clear signage to encourage social distancing