Covid-19 Update

May 21, 2020

Executive Orders 2020-96 and 2020-97

  • Effective Immediately social gatherings of no more than 10 people are allowed with 2020-96, Section 8(a) all social distancing aspects in place
  • Currently, Golf Shops can be open for curbside retail.  Starting May 26, Golf Shops can be open for retail by appointment as long as they monitor and limit capacity as stated in 2020-96, Section 11(q), which is no more than 10 people.  While the order does not define "by appointment", it also does not prohibit a "walk up" appointment.  All places of public accommodation under 2020-69 are still closed.
  • If opening up on May 26 for retail sales, please review 2020-97,Section 6
  • Additional change to 2020-97, Section 1 (l) from 2020-91 and procedures for employees to return back to work if they were sick with COVID-19.  

As you begin to ready for a full re-opening, please note: Workers necessary to prepare a workplace to follow the workplace standards described in Executive Order 2020-96, Section 11c and to otherwise ready the workplace for reopening are allowed

For more insight from Brian Calley and Rob Fowler on Executive Orders 2020-96 and 2020-97, watch the SBAM "Daily Briefing" from May 21.

May 20, 2020

The Michigan Golf Alliance confirmed with the Office of the Governor that Executive Orders 2020-91 and 2020-92 apply to golf operations in Regions 6 and 8 as follows:

  • Restaurants/grill rooms are allowed to be open at golf courses up to a max.of 50% capacity as stated in 2020-91, Section 8.
  • Food and beverage, including alcohol, can also be sold for consumption on the golf course.
  • Golf Shops can be open for retail as long as they monitor and limit capacity as stated in 2020-91, Section 6.
  • Two riders are allowed in a golf cart. 

The partial reopening will take effect on Friday, May 22, at 12:01am. Cities, villages, and townships may choose to take a more cautious course if they wish: the order gives them the authority to limit the operation of restaurants or bars within their jurisdiction, including restricting such establishments to outdoor seating.

Please read through 2020-91 and 2020-92 for a full list of requirements and have a response and preparedness plan in place.

Region 6 Counties:  Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, and Wexford.

Region 8: Entire Upper Peninsula

Information from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission on Regions 6 and 8 

New! Employer COVID-19 Response Plan & Preparedness Template

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  

Download the template here

Read Executive Order 2020-91 " Safeguards to Protect Michigan's workers from COVID-19"

Connect with MGCA Preferred Vendors and Corporate Partners here!

SBAM is hosting Facebook Live COVID-19 daily briefing at 3:00pm.If you are not available at that time, you can view all recordings of the briefings at 

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