July 10, 2020
This morning Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-147 mandating masks for individuals and businesses that are open to the public. As to individuals, this order takes effect immediately. As to businesses, this order will take effect at 12:01 am on Monday, July 13. Violations remain a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500. The order makes clear, however, that no term of confinement can be issued for a violation.
From Executive Order 2020-147, Section 1 and 3 are below and how they apply to your golf operation.
This order 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. No shirts, no shoes, no mask—no service.
Acting under the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, I order the following:
1. Any individual who leaves their home or place of residence must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth:
a. When in any indoor public space;
b. When outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household; and
c. When waiting for or riding on public transportation, while in a taxi or ridesharing vehicle, or when using a private car service as a means of hired transportation.
3. To protect workers, shoppers, and the community, no business that is open to the public may provide service to a customer or allow a customer to enter its premises, unless the customer is wearing a face covering as required by this order.
a. Businesses that are open to the public must post signs at entrance(s) instructing customers of their legal obligation to wear a face covering while inside. The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity may, in its discretion, require such businesses to post signs developed and made available by the Department, or conforming to requirements established by the Department.
b. A department or agency that learns that a licensee is in violation of this section will consider whether the public health, safety or welfare requires summary, temporary suspension of the business’s license to operate (including but not limited to a liquor license) under section 92 of the Administrative Procedures Act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, as amended, MCL 24.292(2).
To read the full Executive Order, click here.
Executive Order 2020-115 (COVID-19) (June 5, 2020)
Temporary restrictions on certain events, gatherings, and businesses. Read EO 2020-115 HERE.
June 1, 2020
Exeutive Order 2020-110 Rescinds Executive Orders 2020-69 and 2020-96
How this applies to golf operations:
- Alcohol sales may begin June 8, for on-course consumption in Regions 1-5, and 7. Regions 6 and 8 were allowed beginning May 22.
- According to 2020-110 Section 13, restaurants and bars may open at 50% capacity beginning on June 8, 2020 in Regions 1-5, and 7. Executive Order 2020-97(Section 8)
- The Michigan Golf Alliance has confirmed with the Office of the Governor that two riders are allowed per golf cart starting June 8 in accordance with restaurant regulations.
- Indoor social gatherings and events among persons not part of a single household are permitted immediately, but may not exceed 10 people. (Section 5)
- Outdoor social gatherings and events among persons not part of a single household are permitted immediately, but only to the extent that:
- The gathering or event does not exceed 100 people, and
- People not part of the same household maintain six feet of distance from one another. (Section 6 a and b)
- Day camps for children may open as of June 8.
- Public swimming pools may open as of June 8, provided that they are outdoors and limit capacity to 50% of the bather capacity limits. Indoor public swimming pools must remain closed.
- Indoor gyms and fitness centers remain closed. (Section 12b)
- Stores that were closed under Executive Order 2020-96 may reopen on June 4. Such stores may then resume normal operations, subject to local regulation and to the capacity constraints and workplace standards described in Executive Order 2020-97 Section 6 or any order that may follow from it.
- The Michigan Golf Alliance confirmed with the Office of the Governor that clinics and camps may resume immediately (reference Section 14).
- The restrictions imposed by sections 12 and 13 of this order do not apply to any of the following: Outdoor fitness classes, athletic practices, training sessions, or games, provided that coaches, spectators, and participants not from the same household maintain six feet of distance from one another at all times during such activities, and that equipment and supplies are shared to the minimum extent possible and are subject to frequent and thorough disinfection and cleaning.
May 28, 2020
The Office of the Governor contacted the Michigan Golf Alliance and Michigan Licensed Beverage Association in response to our May 27 letter requesting sale of alcohol consumption on the golf course.
The current rules are still in effect with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission as it applies to golf courses Regions 1-5, and 7. Although this is not the response we were hoping to have today, we were assured by the Office of the Governor that our concerns are being heard.
The governor’s staff reiterated her commitment to make sound decisions based on facts and data in a manner that protects public health. As the decline continues with COVID-19 cases, it is our hope there will be more loosening of restrictions for the golf industry soon.
As we learn of any positive steps from Governor Whitmer and her leadership team, we will share with you immediately
This week the Governor issued an Executive Order that laid out regulations for employers to provide a comprehensive written COVID-19 Response and Preparedness plan.
All businesses or operations that are permitted to require their employees to leave their homes or residences for work under Executive Order 2020-92, and any order that follows it, must, at a minimum:
- Develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, consistent with recommendations in Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, developed by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
- By June 1, 2020, or within two weeks of resuming in-person activities, whichever is later, a business’s or operation’s plan must be made readily available to employees, labor unions, and customers, whether via website, internal network, or by hard copy.
It is important to note the "Creation of COVID-19 Office of Worker Safety and Instructions to Departments and Agencies on Worker Safeguards" is a new directive this week from the Office of the Governor.
Thank you to our strategic partner, Small Business Association of Michigan who created a template for you to personalize based on your type of business. Guidelines and best management practices are available to you at www.michigangca.org
Read Executive Order 2020-91 " Safeguards to Protect Michigan's workers from COVID-19"