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! If you have additional questions, please check our FAQs page.
What Is Open
(Follows guidelines in this MDHS order)
Most businesses, activities and attractions in our region are open in some capacity (based upon seasonality), including:
- Restaurants, at 50% capacity, limits up to 100 people for indoor dining (this varies and is dependent on individual businesses). Groups of no more than six people per table with 6' spacing between groups. Patrons not permitted to mingle. Outdoor dining options are also available around the area.
- Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries. View more places to sip outside.
- Retail stores at 50% capacity
- Museums at 50% capacity
- Parks and trails including the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (click here for details)
- Grocery stores
- Other essential businesses
- BATA Bus, Transportation and the Cherry Capital Airport
- Golf courses
Recreation and entertainment facilities
The following recreation and entertainment venues are open for enjoyment by individuals or groups of up to 25 persons indoors or 300 persons outdoors: auditoriums; arenas; cinemas; concert halls; performance venues; sporting venues; stadiums; theaters; archery ranges; amusement parks; arcades; bingo halls; bowling alleys; gun ranges; laser tag; and trampoline parks.
• Indoor Facilities: must not exceed 50% of the limits established by the fire marshal, and must not exceed an overall total of 300 people.
• Outdoor Facilities: must not exceed 50% of the limits established by the fire marshal (if applicable), and must not exceed an overall total of 1,000 people.
• Everyone must wear a face mask at all times when indoors or when gathered outdoors with more than 100 people. Masks may be removed when eating or drinking while seated in a designated area.
• Consumption of food or beverages is permitted only while seated in a designated area with a group of no more than 6 people.
• Groups must be spaced 6 feet apart. • Indoor Stadiums/Arenas
• For 5,000+ fixed seats an overall total up to 375 patrons.
• For 10,000+ fixed seats an overall total of 750 patrons
What You Can Do
Live like a local! We ask all visitors to follow the same guidelines we do here in TC, which means following regulations set forth by the state of Michigan and the CDC, including:
- Wear a face mask while in indoor public spaces and in crowded outdoor public spaces (required by the state of MI)
- Get vaccinated ( FIND A VACCINATION SITE NEAR YOU)
- 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.
- Encouraging vaccinations
- 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
- 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%
- Continuing take-out and curbside services
- Outdoor seating, click here for options
- Limiting occupancy to 50%
- Frequently sanitizing high-traffic areas
- Posting clear signage to encourage social distancing