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August 5, 2020

Earlier this week, Michigan Golf Course Associatoin joined with fellow statewide tourism organizations to send a letter to Governor Whitmer.  The ask? To utilize some of the Federal CARES Act Funding towards Pure Michigan.  

The Pure MI campaign line item has been left out.  However it can be funded with the Federal CARES Act.   With less than $100 million left in current funding for Michigan, our letter urges Governor Whitmer to use some of this federal funding towards our very important Pure Michigan campaign.

Please feel free to use this letter (click here) as a template for your own to Governor Whitmer or your legislators.

Other states have successfully received this for their statewide tourism budgets and we are asking Governor Whitmer the same for Pure Michigan! 

 July 30, 2020

Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-160 and Executive Order 2020-161, amending Michigan’s Safe Start Order and issuing revised workplace safeguards.

Under the Safe Start Order, starting July 31, 2020, statewide indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people and bars will be closed for indoor service across the state, including in Regions 6 and 8. 

Restaurants can remain open at 50% capacity following all social distancing requirements.

Executive Order 2020-160 limits statewide indoor gatherings to 10 people or less and, across most of the state, limits outdoor gatherings to 100. (The outdoor gathering limits will remain at 250 in Regions 6 and 8.)  

Executive Order 2020-160 also orders that bars in every region, including those in regions 6 and 8, must close for indoor service if they earn more than 70% of their gross receipts from sales of alcoholic beverages.  

Read Executive Order 2020-160

Read Executive Order 2020-161

FAQ 2020-160

Q: What are the guest limits for weddings, receptions, or other social events held at a restaurant/banquet hall? 

A: These events are subject to the limitations of Executive Order 2020-160.  Accordingly, if the event is outdoors and among people not part of the same household, it may not exceed 100 people if in regions 1,2,3,4,5, and 7; and 250 people if in regions 6 and 8. If the event is indoors and among people not part of the same household, it may not exceed 10 people.  In all cases, people not part of the same household must maintain six feet of distance from one another during the event.

The separate capacity limits applicable to restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and like places do not allow for larger social gatherings or events to take place by reason of the fact that they are held at such venues. A central risk of a large social gathering or event is that the people who have congregated for that gathering or event will interact with one another over a long period of time. That same level of risk is not present among people who happen to be in the same establishment and are seated at different tables.


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. 


Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program has reopened

The Small Business Administration announced earlier this week that its Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program has reopened to all eligible small businesses impacted by COVID-19. If you were unable to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program or have major expenses that were not covered by the PPP loan, the EIDL's low-interest loan program may be right for you.

Access to this loan program had been suspended for most small businesses; due to funds still being available the SBA has re-opened the program to all eligible small businesses and non-profits.
We also want to remind you that you still have until Tuesday, June 30 to apply for the Payroll Protection Program loan.

Executive Order 2020-115 (COVID-19) (June 5, 2020)

Temporary restrictions on certain events, gatherings, and businessesRead 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)

Golf Carts

  • 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. 

Installment Payment Option Available for Business Taxpayers Deferring Sales, Use and Withholding Tax Payments

  "Creation of COVID-19 Office of Worker Safety and Instructions to Departments and Agencies on Worker Safeguards"

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. Download the template here

Connect with MGCA Preferred Vendors and Corporate Partners here!

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, developed by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and available here.

Read Executive Orders:  All Governor's Executive Orders

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