More of your favorite Southwest Michigan destinations are reopening and loosening their restrictions! We are ready for you to stay as long as you can and come back as often you wish.
This beautiful stretch of paradise along Lake Michigan is the change of scenery you and your family need right now. You will find so many simple joys to fill each day. Soft sand beaches that sing beneath your bare feet. Paddles rhythmically splashing in flowing waters. Bushels of sweet fruits and crisp garden vegetables in our roadside farm markets.
Mugs of frothy beer and glistening glasses of wine crafted by our award-winning makers. Sunbeams streaming through leafy canopies on our forest trails. Golf balls soaring over deep green grasses. And gorgeous sunsets that fill your heart with joy.
When you are here, you will experience a few changes
Continue social distancing where it makes sense. In public places indoors and outdoors, if the person near you is not part of your group, keep 6 feet away from them in all directions. This includes on our beaches, in the water, on trails, golf courses, sidewalks, etc. Think of it as creating your little island in paradise.
Between now and July 1, 2021, if you aren’t fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks past your final vaccination), you must wear a cloth face cover when you are in enclosed public spaces.
Fully vaccinated persons will only be required to wear a mask and social distance in their group when a business asks them to do so.
The newest order requires all of our local businesses with public access to put in a good faith effort to make sure unvaccinated persons are wearing masks. They can do this by either posting signs for unvaccinated people to wear masks, asking if customers are vaccinated or requiring everyone who enters their businesses to wear a mask. All restaurants, wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries can seat up to 50% capacity indoors. Our state and communities want to control the spread of COVID-19 and to protect yours and your family’s health.
The only exemptions to wearing a cloth face cover are children younger than two years old, those who cannot medically tolerate a face cover and those who are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment. There also may be times when our businesses may ask you to briefly remove your mask to verify your ID. It will be good to see your smile.
Plan your gatherings, reunions and celebrations here, but please limit invitations. Right now the State restricts indoor gatherings to 25 people maximum in our region. However, you can invite up to 300 people to your outdoor celebrations. Your guests will need to follow social distancing and masking requirements. You will find many parks and outdoor venues in our area have the space you need to create a memorable and much-anticipated get-together.
On June 1, outdoor gathering capacity limits will be dropped. Indoor capacity limits will be boosted to 50% with no hard cap.
On July 1, all capacity restrictions and mask mandates will be removed from law.
Hotels are definitely ready to provide a safe, healthy place for you to rest.
Our hotels, resorts and lodgings are welcoming guests. Each is taking stringent steps to ensure that you will have a safe stay. Check here for the protocols they are following to make sure your stay is safe and clean.
Other attractions plan to welcome you soon. Many favorite attractions and entertainment venues are making preparations to safely host you soon. Call or visit individual websites for updates.
Stay home if you are sick or if you have come in contact with anyone that has COVID-19 symptoms. Please also stay home if you or someone in your household feels like they are coming down with any contagious illness. We know it is disappointing not to be able to carry out your plans, but it’s crucial to keep us all safe. It will be great to see you when you feel better.
If you are visiting Southwest Michigan and experience coronavirus symptoms, here is local health information:
Spectrum Health - Lakeland Hospital, St Joseph/Benton Harbor
Ascension Borgess Lee Hospital, Dowagiac
Spectrum Health - Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet