Northern Michigan Coronavirus Cancellations and Restrictions

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With the coronavirus in Michigan, many northern Michigan events, schools and businesses are taking precautions to protect the public. Here’s the list of northern Michigan cancellations and restrictions currently in place. New entries will be added to the top of each list.

Last updated on March 18, 2020 at 7:25 a.m.

Canceled, Suspended or Postponed:

Government Services and Buildings 

Mason County Government Buildings:

All government buildings are closed to the public. Effective at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, the courthouse, airport terminal and animal control facility are closed to the public until Monday, April 6. The building, zoning and drain commission offices will be closed to the public effective 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20 until Monday, April 6.

Benzie County Government Buildings: 

Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the county’s government center, courthouse, Sheriff Department, county jail, animal control and EMS facilities are restricted to the public.

Missaukee County Government Buildings: 

All facilities, with the exception of the Missaukee Recycling Center, are open to the public by appointment only. 

Kalkaska County Government Buildings:

Closed until further notice. Information regarding closure time and contact information to continue to service the public will be updated.

Emmet County Government Buildings: 

The Emmet County Building and Courthouse in Petoskey are closed to the general public, effective at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27, and will be reevaluated at that time, if not sooner should circumstances require, to determine if the building closure will be extended. The county building will be open for the board of commissioners’ regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19. County officials have tentatively planned that county business which cannot be conducted over the phone or by email will be done so by appointment only on Wednesday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Isabella County Government Buildings:

Effective at noon, Wednesday, March 18, all Isabella County Government buildings will be closed to the public through Sunday, April 5. The Isabella County Trail Court will close to the public at the same time with the following exceptions: Scheduled hearings will continue. Only litigants, their attorneys, witnesses and others parties to the case will be allowed entry. Emergency filings will be allowed; but only the party filing the document(s) will be allowed entry (unless good reason to admit others. Other entry will be at the discretion of the chief judge or court administrator. The Court will continue to provide essential services as required.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources:

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources customer service centers and field offices are closed statewide to public traffic, effective at 8 a.m., Wednesday, March 18. DNR offices will be open for regular deliveries and by appointment only for customers who need services such as obtaining hunting and fishing licenses, burn permits and charters licenses.

Missaukee County Recycling Center:

Closed as it’s defined as nonessential. It’s tentatively planned to re-open Wednesday, April 1.

Cadillac Municipal Complex:

City related matters can be discussed by calling (231) 775-0181 during office hours, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, unless otherwise posted. Our phone system is automated and can direct to all Departments, including Police and Fire. (For emergencies, dial 911)  www.cadillac-mi.net also provides direct access to application and permit forms, utility billing, contact information and much more!

Oceana County Buildings:

Beginning at 5 p.m. March 16, all Oceana County buildings will be closed to the general public until Monday, March 23.  Anyone needing county services or who have a previously scheduled appointment with a court should call the respective office before traveling to a county building.

Lake County Road Commission:

The Lake County Road Commission is closing its offices to the public until further notice.

Big Rapids Community Library:

Big Rapids Community Library is closed to the public until April 4. The library will be offering curbside pickup of materials weekdays between 10 a.m. and noon and 3-5 p.m.

Sherman Township Library:

Sherman Township Library in Weidman will be closed to the public for the week of March 15-21 and will reevaluate closure at that time.

Libraries of Benzie County:

All library programs are suspended until April 6, but the library remains open.

Reed City Chamber of Commerce:

The Reed City Chamber of Commerce is postponing all networking events scheduled for March until further notice.

Traverse Area District Library:

All Traverse Area District Library locations are closed to the public until further notice.

Newaygo County Jail:

The Newaygo County Jail is suspending public visitation and all non-essential, non-mandated ancillary and educational programs including GED, ETC Schools, substance abuse programs, church services, bible studies, and any other programs that are facilitated by individuals from the general public that require entrance to the Jail.

Grass River Natural Area:

All Grass River Natural Area programs are closed through the end of March. The Grass River Center will be closed starting March 14 through April 5. Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk with limited access to restroom facilities.

Michigan Works!:

The Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium April Job Fairs have been canceled.

Job fair dates and locations that have been canceled are as follows:

Cheboygan: Saturday, April 4th, at the Cheboygan Ice Rink Pavilion

Alpena: Tuesday, April 7th, at the Alpena Community College Park Arena

Grayling: Wednesday, April 8th, at the Grayling Ramada Inn

Gaylord: Saturday, April 18th, at the Gaylord Intermediate Schools gymnasium

Mackinaw City Recreation Center:

The Mackinaw City Recreation Center is closed starting March 16 through April 5.

Manistee County Jail:

The Manistee County Jail has canceled all inmate visitation and non-essential programs until further notice.

Michigan Department of Corrections:

Michigan Department of Corrections is suspending all in-person visits at state prisons. The department is working with its vendors that provide communication services to the prison population on enhanced services that may be able to be offered.

Chippewa River District Library:

With the large increase in Coronavirus cases in Michigan recently, Chippewa River District Library has decided to close all branches from March 16 through April 5.

Any items checked out will not be charged late fees. Please return all items once the library branches open again.

DNR Facilities: 

The DNR is closing some facilities to help ban large gatherings. This includes the Belle Isle Aquarium, Outdoor Adventure Center, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Michigan History Museum, Archives of Michigan, Michigan Iron Industry Museum, DNR visitor centers at state parks, and the Oden and Wolf Lake state fish hatchery interpretive centers.

Chippewa River District Library:

Library Closed from March 16 until April 5.

Roscommon Library:

The Library will be closed until at least April 7.

Utility Services

Cloverland Electric Cooperative:

Cloverland Electric Cooperative is closing its Dafter walk-up window to the public starting March 16 until April 6.

Cherryland Electric Cooperative:

Cherryland Electric Cooperative (Cherryland) will close its lobby to the public starting March 16. The member services and billing department will remain available via phone, as will the majority of bill payment options, including online, by phone, and via the bill pay kiosk at their office.

Senior Services 

St. Ann’s Lake County Senior Services:

Home delivered meals are continuing, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call 231-745-7201 for more information. Senior dining sites are closed. Homemaker and transportation services are suspended.

Benzie Senior Resources:

Benzie Senior Resources is suspending operations at The Gathering Place Senior Center and the Administration Office Building in Honor until April 13. Home delivered meals will continue as scheduled.

Clare County Senior and Community Center:

The Clare County Senior and Community Center in Farwell will be canceling all events for this week, including cards and bingo.

The Tuesday and Thursday Stone Soup Project lunch will be providing take out style lunches to those who are in need. More details are available on our Facebook page.

Meals on Wheels in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Manistee, Wexford and Missaukee counties:

Meals on Wheels in the counties listed above are suspending all “congregate” meals starting until further notice and will not be delivering hot meals starting Monday, March 16.

Instead, Staff will contact current home delivery recipients and “determine need” for once-weekly delivery of frozen meals. The delivery of frozen meals will begin Wednesday, March 18 and go until at least April 5. At that time, further operations will be evaluated. Suggested meal donations will remain $3.00/meal.

MOW will continue to do weekly safety and assurance checks.

Senior Volunteer Programs of Northwest Michigan:

Beginning March 16, Senior Volunteer Programs of Northwest Michigan is suspending all Foster Grandparent & Senior Companion volunteer services until further notice.

Charlevoix County Senior Centers:

All Charlevoix County Senior Centers are closed to the public beginning March 16. Congregate meals will be available for CURB SIDE PICK-UP ONLY beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Seniors wishing to get meals should call the Senior Center they go to one business day in advance to reserve meals. Seniors may order up to (6) frozen meals for pick up at that time as well to limit their social contact.  Staff will contact current home delivered meal recipients to share the plan for a once weekly delivery of one Hot Meal and (6) frozen meals on Mondays.

Kalkaska County Commission on Aging:

All Kalkaska County Senior Center buildings (Kalkaska, South Boardman, Bear Lake and Rapid City meal sites) and the Kalkaska County Commission on Aging Office will be closed to the public starting March 18. The COA Office will be open for phone calls and emails. All Senior Center meetings, programs, classes, activities and services are also suspended until April 13. Foot Clinics are still on as scheduled, however, no new appointments will be scheduled at this time. AARP Taxes will continue only by appointment. Congregate meals will be available for curb side pick-up only.

Antrim County Commission on Aging:

The Antrim County Commission on Aging has suspended all activities within the center and the COA building is closed to the public through March 27. Congregate Meals will be available for curbside pick-up only. Home delivered meals will continue, but the meals will be left outside homes. Breakfast has been suspended and homemakers will not be making visits. The Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet is closed.

Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network:

Starting March 16, the Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network is suspending all programming, including the congregate meal program, at all locations (Traverse City, Acme, Fife Lake, Kingsley, and Interlochen) until further notice.

Cadillac Senior Center:

The Cadillac Senior Center is closed until April 6. All bus trips and day trips for March and April are canceled.

The AARP Tax Aid program is now suspended until further notice. IMPORTANT: If you already have an appointment scheduled, an AARP tax representative will contact you directly with more information.

Friendship Centers of Emmet County:

All Friendship Center buildings (Petoskey, Brutus, and Pellston) are closed to the public. The centers will continue to serve seniors for the purpose of social work, MMAP and foot care by appointment only. All activities are suspended. The Loan Closet is closed until further notice. Congregate meals will be available for curb side pick-up only. Meals can be picked up at the Petoskey Center, Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meals can be picked up at Huber (Brutus) Center, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meals can be picked up at the Pellston Center, Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. Suggested meal donations remain $3.00 per meal. The last day for daily, hot meal service will be Friday, March 13, 2020. Transportation will continue with no more than 6 people scheduled per ride. Transit will only be for the purpose of medical appointments or grocery shopping/prescription pick-up.

Alpena Senior Citizens Center:

The Alpena Senior Citizens Center is closed to all onsite activities until further notice. This includes no programs, no exercise and no congregate meals. Meals on Wheels will continue as normal right now and may be increased if needed.

Entertainment, Museums, Businesses, Events

Mesick Lions Mushroom Festival:

The 2020 Mesick Lions Mushroom Festival has been canceled.

North American International Auto Show:

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit has been canceled. Its venue will be used for a makeshift hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City:

The 60th National Morel Mushroom Festival has been canceled. The festival was scheduled for May 14-17.

Island Resort and Casino in Harris: 

Island Resort and Casino in Harris will close at noon Saturday, March 21 through Monday, April 6.

National Trout Festival in Kalkaska:

One of Northern Michigan’s most popular festivals says there will not be any festivities in 2020

The board of directors for the National Trout Festival in Kalkaska announced Tuesday the 2020 festival would be canceled.

The board said in a statement “As much as we would like to carry on with Kalkaska’s premier event, the health and safety of the community is our priority.”

Isabella County Sportsmen’s Club:

The May 2-3 2020 Hunter Safety class scheduled to be held at the Isabella County Sportsmen’s club, Is canceled.

Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos:

Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos will be temporarily closing Turtle Creek and Leelanau Sands casinos and hotels March 16 and limiting operations at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will continue to operate with essential staff offering 100 Tower Guest Rooms and limited food service through the Marketplace. All other amenities are closed.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort:

The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort will be closed effective March 16 until further notice.

Traverse City Roller Derby Birthday Bash:

Traverse City Roller Derby’s 10th Annual Birthday Bash and Silent Auction Fundraiser has been postponed. It will be rescheduled.

4Front Credit Union:

4Front Credit Union announced the closure of lobby services at five of its northern Michigan locations, beginning March 16. Lobbies at the Charlevoix, East Jordan, and two Traverse City branches will be closed until further notice. Petoskey’s lobby at 2215 E. Mitchell Road will be closed beginning Monday. Lobby services will remain available at their second Petoskey branch located at 1633 US 131 South, just a short distance away.

Shanty Creek Resort:

Shanty Creek Resort says Saturday’s Slush Cup has been canceled.

Nub’s Nob:

Nub’s Nob will be closing effective 5 p.m. on March 13 and does not plan to reopen this season.

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day:

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day scheduled for March 28 in Harrison is postponed until further notice.

Scale Up North Awards Finals:

Traverse Connect is postponing the Scale Up North Awards Finals due to the closure of the City Opera House.

Meet Mt. Pleasant Tourism Award & William Brehm Scholarship Presentation Luncheon:

The annual Meet Mt. Pleasant Tourism Award & William Brehm Scholarship Presentation Luncheon scheduled for April 8 has been postponed until fall 2020.

Great Lakes Children’s Museum:

Great Lakes Children’s Museum is closed until April 6 or further notice. All types of memberships will be extended the number of days of the closure.

Business After 5:

War Memorial Hospital’s Business After 5 on March 19 has been canceled.

Mukwa Fitness Center:

The Mukwa Fitness Center will be closed to the public starting March 16 at a.m.

Kings Club Casino:

Kings Club Casino will be closed indefinitely beginning March 16.

Ogemaw County Business and Community Expo and Job/ Volunteer Fair:

The Ogemaw County Business and Community Expo and Job/ Volunteer Fair has been postponed.

Charlevoix Business Expo & Taste of Charlevoix:

The Charlevoix Business Expo & Taste of Charlevoix scheduled for March 18 at Castle Farms has been postponed.

Grand Traverse Bay YMCA:

The Grand Traverse Bay YMCA says as of March 14 the Y will be canceling its guest pass policy indefinitely. They Grand Traverse Bay YMCA is also canceling the following programs and events: Spring Break Camp, School’s Out, Lacrosse drop-ins, Youth and Adult Basketball seasons and practices, and March Madness 3-on-3 Tournament.

Life Resources of Northern Michigan, Inc.

The Life Resources Auction scheduled for March 17 has been postponed. A new date has not yet been set.

National Writers Series:

The National Writers Series says its Evening with Terry McMillan, scheduled for April 9, is canceled. The City Opera House will be reaching out to ticket holders and giving full refunds, including ticket fees.

MiABLE Information Sessions:

The Michigan Department of Treasury is suspending MiABLE information sessions, including Wednesday, March 18, at Northwest Michigan Works! in Traverse City, until further notice.

Hoops for Gabriella:

The Blair Township Emergency Service/Leland Township Fire & Rescue Hoops for Gabriella charity basketball has been postponed. A new date for the event has not yet been set.

Crawl For A Cure Pub Crawl:

Crawl For A Cure Pub Crawl scheduled for March 14 in Bellaire is canceled. The event will be rescheduled, but a date have not been set yet.

Spring Bluebird Festival:

The Spring Bluebird Festival scheduled to take place March 21 at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City has been canceled.

Clare Irish Fest:

The city of Clare has canceled the Clare’s Irish Fest Parade, Clare Irish Fest Recipe Contest, Clare Irish Fest Recipe Contest, Clare Irish Fest Bed Race, Irish Fest Leprechaun Contest, and Annual Irish Fest CFX Mainstage Entertainment Tent 2020. Other Clare Irish Festival are still happening as scheduled.

TC St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

The Traverse City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and pre-parade activities are all canceled.

Traverse City Chocolate Festival

The 11th Traverse City Chocolate Festival, a fundraiser for the Northwest Food Coalition which was scheduled for April 19, 2020, is cancelled in order to prevent the possible spread of the Corona virus.

Gaylord Ultimate Hunting Expo:

The Gaylord Ultimate Hunting Expo has been canceled.

Gopherwood Benefit:

Gopherwood Concerts is canceling its benefit concert scheduled for March 14.

Northern Michigan Regional Home & Outdoor Living:

Northern Michigan Regional Home & Outdoor Living Show hosted by the Home Builders Association of Northern Michigan (HBANM) that was scheduled for March 13 and 14 has been postponed.

Munson Medical Center:

Munson’s Rollin’ with the Colon awareness event at Munson Medical Center is postponed until further notice.

Manistee County Health Fair:

Great Start Collaborative has decided to cancel the Manistee County Health Fair.

Home Builders Association of Central Michigan 2020 Home Show:

Home Builders Association of Central Michigan is postponing the 2020 Home Show scheduled for March 13-15.

Clare County Animal Shelter Adoption Event:

The Clare County Animal Shelter Adoption Event scheduled for March 14 is canceled. The shelter remains open.

Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K

The Fifth Third Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K in Traverse City has been converted to a virtual race. All race participants will receive an email with their options to go forward.

Brew-Ski Festival:

The Brew-Ski Festival at Boyne Highlands Resort scheduled for March 14 has been canceled. Anyone that has purchased advance tickets to the festival will be refunded. Daily resort operations will remain open.

Castle Farms:

The Castle Farms Community Spring Sale scheduled for March 20-21 and the Paint & Sip event scheduled for March 25 have been canceled.

Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts:

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts (RRCA) board of directors have decided to postpone Irish Night. Irish Night was originally scheduled for Friday, March 13, from 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  The Metropolitan Opera has also canceled events up to March 31. The HD transmission of the Flying Dutchman on Saturday, March 14, is also canceled at the Ramsdell. The Paine family has also canceled Bill Paine’s memorial service and reception, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at the Ramsdell. The RRCA will honor a full refund to Irish Night or The MET Opera HD “Flying Dutchman” ticket holders. You may also choose to keep your existing order if you decide you can make the new date.

Shanty Creek Resorts:

Shanty Creek Will close their ski operations starting Sunday March 15. For all guests with reservations through March 29, Shanty Creek will cancel their reservation and give a full refund.

Caberfae Peaks:

The last day for ski activities for Caberfae Peaks will be March 15.

Boyne Mountain:

The last day for ski activities at Boyne Mountain will be March 15.

Nonprofits 

Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay:

Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay is canceling all programs and closing its office through April 5.

Benzie Area Christian Neighbors:

Benzie Area Christian Neighbors’ clothing center is closed for operations. BACN says they are unable to accept donations of clothing, housewares and food at the door. They anticipate the pantry and financial help will continue as before.

United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula :

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program Has been suspended until April 17th. they have also decided to cancel the Night in Diagon Alley fundraising event, scheduled for March 14. The citizen’s review panel has been rescheduled for May 5.

School Services and Events

Central Michigan University: 

Online-only classes will extend through the end of the semester. May 2020 commencement ceremonies are postponed. All summer study abroad programs are canceled.

SAT Testing:

SAT Testing in Petoskey scheduled for March 14 has been canceled.

All K-12 Schools:

All K-12 schools will close on Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 5.

Boyne City Public Schools:

The SAFE After Hours Activity Night scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th at the Charlevoix Movie Theater has been canceled.

Crossroads Charter Academy:

Crossroads Charter Academy is cancelling the following events: Elementary basketball competition on March 14, both Head to Head Events (March 16 & 18), WMD Mass Band (March 16), MSBOA All Star Band (March 17), High School State Solo and Ensemble (March 14)

Mesick Consolidated Schools:

Mesick Consolidated Schools has canceled Saturday’s elementary boys basketball tournament for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.

Boyne Falls Public School:

The Boyne Falls Public School Alumni Basketball Game scheduled for Mar. 14 has been postponed until Apr. 18.

Kalkaska Area Education Foundation:

Kalkaska Area Education Foundation – KAEF Gala scheduled for Saturday has been postponed.

Charlevoix Public Schools:

Charlevoix Public Schools Walking Club and the Sunday Open Gym are canceled.

West Shore Community College:

West Shore Community College officials are taking steps to move many of its classes online for the remainder of the semester. West Shore Community College officials have extended the closure of the Recreation Center and West Shore Community Ice Arena until March 30. The college’s bookstore and café are also closed. All college sponsored public events, through April 21, have been cancelled or postponed.

Charlevoix Public Schools College Fair:

Charlevoix Public Schools College Fair scheduled for March 20 at the middle school has been canceled.

North Central Michigan College:

Spring Break has been extended for North Central students. It will begin one week earlier, on March 23, and extend through April 5.  A decision about whether to return to campus on April 6 will be made by April 3 and communicated to all affected parties. North Central is canceling or postponing on-campus events that meet or approach the governor’s 100-person threshold for large gatherings: March 13 Corrections Officer Academy graduation ceremony is canceled.  March 13 Luncheon Lecture, “Redistricting the New Way” is postponed. March 15 Beekeeping for Beginners workshop is postponed. March 19 International Lecture, Global Citizenship is postponed. March 20 Luncheon Lecture, “Talking Trash” is postponed.

McBain Rural Agricultural School:

McBain Rural Agricultural School’s Pastries with Parents event scheduled for March 13 has been canceled.

Interlochen Center for the Arts:

Interlochen Center for the Arts is closing its campus starting Monday. The school’s spring break will also be starting a week early. Students whose countries have a CDC Level 3 travel health restriction and are unable to get home will be able to stay on campus during spring break. On April 6, classes will transition to online instruction.  All public events on campus are canceled until further notice. All school-sponsored travel is also canceled.

Trinity Lutheran School – Manistee:

The 70th Annual Roast Pork Dinner has been postponed till May 16.

Ferris State University:

Ferris State University has made the decision to close all residence halls, apartments and suites on campus. Check out of Spring 2020 housing accommodations must be no later than Sunday, March 22 at 5 p.m.

Health Care Services 

Munson Healthcare Foundations:

Munson Healthcare Foundations is cancelling all donor outreach events at this time.

Munson’s Foster Family Community Health Center the Habitat Information Session:

Munson’s Foster Family Community Health Center the Habitat Information Session scheduled for March 16 at 6 p.m. has been canceled. A video presentation of the meeting will be available on the Habitat – Grand Traverse website.

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority:

The Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority has canceled its a free “Community Connects” program scheduled for March 16. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Walk-In Service Centers:

Blue Cross Blue Shield has shut down all of their walk-in service centers for the rest of the month.

Churches 

Pathway Baptist Church of Prudenville: 

All services, meetings and events are canceled until further notice.

St. Simon Catholic Church in Ludington: 

Suspended all masses and adoration. Church is open for private prayer.

United Methodist Church in St. Ignace:

Online worship only on March 22 and March 29. Sanctuary is closed to the public.

United Methodist Churches in Michigan:

No services in the month of March for almost all United Methodist churches in the state of Michigan. Some smaller churches are continuing with Sunday worship.

Faith Covenant Church in Manistee:

All ministries canceled until April 4. The building will also be closed during that time.

St. Mary Church in Big Rapids:

Closed until April 1.

St. Paul Church in Big Rapids:

Closed until April 1.

Markey Church in Roscommon:

Will be closed until March 29.

Both Odawa Casino locations will be closing on March 17 through March 30.

Restrictions:

Bay Area Transportation Authority

Bay Area Transportation Authority says they’re making changes to their service starting March 20.

Many of their routes like the Bayline and city loop are ending at 8 p.m.

The city loop route 3 and the Leelanau loop have been suspended.

They say these change will last through at least April first.

Bata also says cleaning has been increased for vehicles and facilities to an hourly and daily basis.

Suggesting people should only use transportation when essential, and recommend social distancing.

Isabella Community Credit Union 

Isabella Community Credit Union will be closing their lobby as of 3/17/2020. In-person meetings are by appointment only.  Drive through hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Harbor Springs Community Food Pantry

Patrons who are normally served by the Harbor Springs Community Food Pantry are being advised of different procedures starting Monday, March 16.

Instead of shopping inside, patrons are asked to drive up in their cars for curbside distribution. Mondays hours are from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Isabella Community Soup Kitchen

In response to COVID-19, the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen in Mt. Pleasant is moving to provide take out meals only. From Monday March 16-Saturday April 4 we will be open from 11:30 am-1 pm to provide take out meals to our guests. We will still be open on Saturdays as well with the same adjusted hours.

Father Fred Foundation

The Father Fred Foundation in Traverse City says it is still here for its neighbors in need, but starting Monday March 16 they are closing the building at 826 Hastings Street to all guests and visitors until further notice. They will still be offering food and emergency financial services.

Guests need to call The Foundation at 231-947-2055 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-2pm and on Wednesday from 2-6pm to access these services:

  • Food Pantry Assistance/ Call and Pick-Up Service:
    • Intake will be done via telephone
    • Pantry bags/boxes will be prepackaged based on family size.
    • Pantry bags/boxes will be distributed using the current donation door.
    • Families with school age children (K-12) will receive a “boost” bag (extra food) in addition to the Pantry regular order
  • Financial Aid Assistance
    • Intake will be done via telephone
    • Financial Aid will be available for medical/dental needs, housing and utilities only.
    • All checks issued during this emergency will be mailed to the vendor

Kirtland Community College:

Kirtland Community College says all in-person classes will be canceled March 16-17. Beginning March 18 some in-person classes will transition to online-only. Students will be notified via Canvas from the college faculty directly. Current online courses will run as scheduled. All campuses, including the Learning Commons and student services, will remain open, however, employees, students, and visitors who are displaying symptoms such as fever, coughing, or any other symptoms associated with an illness or sickness of any form must stay home

Mackinac Straits Health System:

Mackinac Straits Health System has suspended all routine visiting until the transmission of the coronavirus is no longer a threat.

Spectrum Health:

Spectrum Health:

Spectrum Health is canceling all appointments, surgeries and procedures that are not urgent or emergency-related for the next two weeks. Patients with scheduled non-urgent appointments, procedures or surgeries during this time will be contacted by their provider(s) regarding next steps. If you have questions, please call your physician’s office.

Spectrum Health is restricting visitor access. The new rules apply to all hospitals:

Visitors are limited to one per patient, unless that patient is a child under 18 or a maternity patient, they can have two visitors.

No children under 12 are allowed. Spectrum Health says it is for their safety.

Also, visitors also have to be people in good health, not displaying any symptoms of illness, and may not be someone who has recently traveled internationally to the CDC’s travel warning list.

Munson Healthcare Facilities:

Effective March 16, 2020, all visitors will be prohibited from entering Munson Healthcare hospitals and facilities, with the following exceptions:

  • Two visitors may accompany a pediatric patient.
  • Visitors, including children who are 21 years of age or under, who are visiting patients that are at the end of their life.
  • One visitor may accompany a surgical patient. If the surgical patient is admitted to the hospital post-surgery, the visitor must leave the hospital at that point.
  • Visitors necessary for the provision of medical care for a patient (i.e. visitors who need to understand medical instructions for patients).
  • Visitors who support activities of daily living for a patient.
  • Visitors who must exercise power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship for a patient.
  • Parents, foster parents or guardians of patients who are 21 years of age or under.
  • Visitors to a patient who is in serious or critical condition or in hospice care.
  • Those who are visiting under emergency or end-of-life circumstances.
  • Visitors performing official governmental functions.

Any visitor who meets the exception criteria must also meet health screening criteria. Visitors need to be prepared to answer questions about their current health, travel history, and contact with people exhibiting signs of COVID-19.

Also effective March 16, 2020, in accordance with new recommendations from the American College of Surgeons and consistent with our pandemic response plan, Munson Healthcare has asked providers to cease scheduling and cancel all existing non-urgent and elective surgeries. A non-urgent or elective surgery is defined as any surgical procedure that may be postponed for two months without harming the patient.

  • Oncology patient and inpatient surgeries will receive special consideration
  • Urgent and emergency cases will be accommodated per normal practice
  • Future cases falling under special consideration may be scheduled more quickly when possible

For more information on these and other COVID-19 topics and policies visit munsonthealthcare.org.

Boulder Park Terrace:

Boulder Park Terrace, a skilled nursing care facility located in Charlevoix, MI, will be restricting all visitors effective immediately. Special exceptions will be made for end-of-life care.

Michigan Department of Corrections:

Anyone entering a prison will have to answer screening questions and may have their temperature checked. Communities with outbreaks could even consider stopping visits.

86th District Court:

The 86th District Court will remain open, but all jury trials will be adjourned until further notice.

Michigan High School Athletic Association:

All MHSAA winter tournaments are suspended, effective immediately and indefinitely.

Cadillac Boxing Club:

The Cadillac Boxing Club has decided to close its gym until April.

Baker College:

All lecture courses at Baker College will move to an online format, effective Monday, March 16, Lab courses, clinical courses and internships/externships will continue in their current format.  Additionally, Baker College Residence Halls will remain open.

Central Michigan University:

Central Michigan University says all classes will move online after spring break through March 20. The university says a decision regarding classes for the following week will be made Thursday, March 19, at 4 p.m. CMU will reopen residence halls for residents who need a place to stay, effective Sunday, March 15, at noon.

Michigan Tech University:

Michigan Tech University is suspending face-to-face classes and will be online only until April 17.

Michigan State University:

Michigan State University has decided to do cancel face-to-face classes and switch to online classes until April 20th.

Ferris State University:

Ferris State University is suspending all face-to-face classes and replacing them with a remote learning delivery method through March 27.

Lake Superior State University:

Lake Superior State University is suspending all face-to-face instruction through at least Friday, April 17, 2020, and are moving to an online/virtual learning environment.

Northern Michigan University:

All Northern Michigan University classes, labs, events and campus-wide meetings are canceled Thursday, March 12 and Friday March 13. Face-to-face classes will resume in an online/distance delivery format beginning Monday, March 16 and continue through April 3.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College:

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College will move to providing an online format, via Schoology, for all classes beginning March 16th through March 27.

Benzie County Central Schools:

Benzie County Central Schools Into The Woods production will not be open to the public this weekend. There will be a performance on March 13 at 7 p.m. for cast and crew parents only. You can watch a live stream of the production Friday at 7 p.m. on the Benzie County Central Schools Facebook page.

Northwestern Michigan College:

Northwestern Michigan College is suspending face-to-face classes starting March 16 until April 27. All NMC classes will be delivered via online learning if possible. Some courses may not be able to be delivered via online learning, including some occupational and lab classes. For more information on what is canceled or closed, click here. 

McLaren Northern Michigan 

Beginning Saturday, March 14 at 9:00 a.m. all health care facilities must prohibit any visitors that are not necessary for medical care or that are not visiting under exigent circumstances.

Additionally, beginning as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, March 16 at 9:00 a.m., these facilities must assess for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors for all individuals not under their care who are seeking entry into their facilities. The facilities must deny entry to any individual with these symptoms or risk factors

Mackinac Bridge 

The Mackinac Bridge has suspended its driver assistance program.

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