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The Executive Orders & Directives are subject to change. Click here to access all of the executive orders and directives.

Please consider contacting your own legal counsel with any questions or to get more clarity on how the executive order applies to your facility.


6.17.21

Governor Whitmer Announces State Will Open to Full Capacity on June 22

Beginning June 22, capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings will increase to 100% and the state will no longer require residents to wear a face mask.

Read the Rescission of Emergency Orders


5.15.21

Gatherings and Face Mask Order-Effective May 15, 2021, at 9:00 AM.

Read the full MDHHS order regarding:

  • General capacity limitations at gatherings
  • Gathering limitations for entertainment establishments, recreational establishments, and food service establishments
  • Gathering restrictions for other facilities
  • Organized sports gathering restrictions
  • Indoor face mask requirement
  • Exceptions to face mask requirement.
  • Contact tracing requirements for particular gatherings
  • Implementation

5.06.21

The MDHHS Updated the Gathering and Face Mask Order effective May 6-May 31, 2021. 

 
  • Masks are generally not required in outdoor settings unless the gathering has more than 100 people
  • Large outdoor events, including festivals, fairs, and golf tournaments will be able to exceed the current 1,000-person limit so long as they create and post a safety plan consistent with the MDHHS Large Outdoor Event Guidance, and no more than 20 persons per 1,000 square feet are gathered in any space available to patrons.

Full MDHHS Order Here

Capacity Limits


3/2/2021

Capacity Limits Increasing Beginning March 5

Governor Whitmer announced the following updates:
  • Restaurant capacity indoor increasing to 50% or 100 max, and curfew extended to 11 PM.
  • Retail capacity increased to 50% capacity.
  • Recreation and entertainment indoor facilities 50% capacity, not to exceed 300.
  • Indoor gathering limits are increased for meetings and banquets up to 25 people, Outdoors up to 300.

Press Release highlighting increased capacity

Read the full MDHHS Order

Capacity Limits Fact Sheet 

FAQ Sheet

Outdoor seating enclosure guidelines


1/2/21

Governor Whitmer announced details regarding restaurant and bar re-openings.

Effective February 1–February 21:

  • Indoor dining permitted at a 25% capacity, up to 100 people
  • Bars and restaurants must close by 10 PM
  • Tables must be six feet apart with no more than six people per table
  • Outdoor tents with four sides are permitted under these same rule.

Additionally, the voluntary MI COVID-19 Safer Dining program allows food service establishments to become certified by having their ventilation system inspected and submitting their inspection report to the state indicating they are optimizing airflow.Once certified, businesses will be featured on the Michigan.gov/covidsaferdining website and receive a copy of their certification to post at their establishment to alert diners of their participation.Funding is proposed for food service establishments to participate as part of the $10 million included in the recent supplemental budget request for restaurant supports administered by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

View the Gathering Guidelines infograph.Read the full epidemic order.


1/13/21

Employee Assistance Grants were made available by Senate Bill 748, and are designed to provide support to employees impacted by the MDHHS Gathering and Face Mask Order that took effect on November 18, 2020. The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation is administering this grant program.

What is the application period for the Employee Assistance Grants?

The application period will open on January 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and will be available until January 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. The grants are not first come, first serve and the application will be open for submissions for the entirety of that 10-day period. Please take the time to ensure your application is complete and correct.

Who is eligible to apply for the Employee Assistance Grants?

Employees who were impacted by the MDHHS Gathering and Face Mask Order of November 18, 2020. Employees working in the following industries qualify:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfast, Resorts
  • Bars
  • Food Trucks
  • Bowling Alleys
  • Theaters
  • Nightclubs
  • Golf Courses
  • Banquet Halls
  • Caterers
  • Casinos
  • Cafeterias
  • Other impacted industries

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION



  • 11/20/20
  • As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to spike across the country, the allied golf organizations have come back together to update the Back2Golf Playbook for your use as states and counties once again issue restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus.
  • Facial coverings and social distancing are critical.  It is each of our responsibilities to adhere to all state/county/local health guidelines and regulations at our facilities. As leaders we need to let our staff know to be responsible when away from the club facilities as well.
  • The Back2Golf 5.0 Playbook – Keeping Golf Open Responsibly update has been reviewed by our medical experts and reflects the learnings and feedback that so many of you have provided since the Playbook was first rolled out last spring.  The goal of this update is very simple – provide operators with an updated playbook that can continue to help keep golf facilities open based on medically endorsed best practices and the socially distanced opportunities our sport provides. From the beginning, the Playbook was designed to help facilities move forward or step backward depending on the severity of the COVID-19 virus in states and counties across the country.
  • While the general three-phased framework of the Playbook remains the same in version 5.0, there are THREE significant changes we’d like to point out:
  • 1. Size of Gatherings – based on feedback from operators across the country, we have removed the concept of limitations on the specific size of group gatherings.  The rationale is that various local authorities are implementing very different standards based on local conditions.  To avoid confusion in this area, we are now simply referring you directly to your State/County/Local guidelines regarding the size of gatherings. Prescribed gathering guidance has been removed from the Guidelines for Play, Practice Facilities, Fitness classes, Golf events and Youth Activities.
  • 2. Golf Carts – use of carts is another area where local authorities are getting very specific regarding what is permissible.  Instead of trying to outline cart usage by phase, we are instead focusing on best practices that have been used for the health and well-being of customers.
  • 3. Competitions– We have removed the phasing and provided general recommendations related to competitions.
  • 4. Practice Facilities–  Instead of trying to outline range usage by phase, we are instead focusing on best practices that have been used for the health and well-being of customers as directed by state and local health authorities.
  • View the Back2Golf 5.0 Playbook
  • View Back2Golf Webpage

  • 11/16/20
  • Small Business Association of Michigan Weatherization Grants-Applications Open November 18 at Noon ESTApplication Process
    1. Consider what weatherization you could do at your business to expand capacity; or consider what you have done since August 1, 2020 to add capacity for the winter.
    2. Submit your application beginning November 18, 2020 at Noon EST (link will be on SBAM’s site once live).
    3. Upon grant award, make your approved improvements/purchases or move to Step 4 if your updates are complete.

    Submit your receipt for reimbursement. Purchases must be made between August 1, 2020 – December 30, 2020. All receipts are due no later than January 15, 2021.

    Click here for application requirements and process.


  • 11/16/20
  • MDHHS Issues Three-Week Epidemic Order to Save Lives, Protect Frontline Heroes During Fall COVID-19 SurgeNew order limits indoor and outdoor gatherings where COVID-19 is more likely to spread from person to person
  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new emergency order effective Wednesday, November 18, that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates.The main impact of this new order will be no indoor dining allowed during the three week duration of the order. 
  • Read the Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order

  • 10/30/20
  • New COVID Order Requires Bars To Keep Patron Logs For Contact Tracing-Starting November 2 
  • All other sections of the order have immediate effect.
  • Press Release Highlights from MDHHS:
  • As part of the newly extended orders, MDHHS today (October 29) reduces from 500 persons to 50 persons the maximum gathering size for indoor gatherings such as weddings, parties, and banquets which occur in nonresidential settings without fixed seating.
  • For bars, restaurants, and social events outside private homes, indoor party sizes at a single table are now restricted to six people. Because individuals remove their masks while eating and drinking in indoor settings, seated tables with people from different households create high risks of spread.
  • Like many other businesses in Michigan, bars and restaurants will also be required to take names and contact information to support effective contact tracing if necessary.
  • Because cases are now at a high level statewide, the order treats all regions of the state the same. The Traverse City region previously had fewer restrictions due to lower COVID-19 rates and has now been moved into Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start system, joining the rest of the state.
  • Enforcement of the new order will consider violations punishable by a civil fine up to $1,000 and may also be treated as a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six months or a fine of not more than $200.
  • Starting Nov. 2 restaurants and dine-in food establishments must collect and maintain records of names and phone numbers of customers who purchase food that will be consumed on the premises. These records must include the date and time of entry. READ HERE on Gathering and FACE Mask Order from MDHHS. All other sections of the order have immediate effect.
  • Read the full press release
  • Fact Sheet
  • 10/29/20 Epidemic Order Fact Sheet

  • 9/28/20
  • On September 25, 2020 Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-183 which amended the MI Safe Start Order.
  • Below are some of the key updates that pertain to non-residential indoor and outdoor gatherings:
  • Beginning October 9th, many previously closed businesses are slated to reopen statewide, including indoor theaters, cinemas, performance venues, arcades, bingo halls, bowling centers, indoor climbing facilities, and trampoline parks.
  • Instead of being limited to 10 people, non-residential indoor gatherings/events now must limit attendance to 20 people per 1,000 square feet or 20% of fixed seating capacity (25 people per 1,000 square feet or 25% of fixed seating capacity in Regions 6 and 8), with a maximum of 500 people. Non-residential indoor venues must require a mask.
  • Instead of being limited to 100 people, non-residential outdoor gatherings/events now must limit attendance to 30 people per 1,000 square feet or 30% of fixed seating capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 people.

  • 7/29/20
  • 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.

  • 7/10/20
  • 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).

  • 6/5/20
  • Executive Order 2020-115—Temporary restrictions on certain events, gatherings, and businesses.
  • Executive Order 2020-115 moves Regions 6 and 8 into Phase 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan as of June 10. Indoor social gatherings and organized events of up to 50 people will be allowed, as will outdoor social gatherings and organized events of up to 250 people. This EO rescinds 2020-110 for Regions 6 and 8.

  • 6/1/20
  • Executive Order 2020-110 Rescinds Executive Orders 2020-69 and 2020-96
  • How this applies to golf operations:
  • Restaurants
  • 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.
  • Gatherings
  • 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)
  • Retail
  • 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.
  • Instruction
  • 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.
  • Read Executive Order 2020-110

  • 5/27/20
  • Apply for Phase 2 of the Golf Emergency Relief Program
  • PGA Professionals, and other eligible golf industry professionals, can apply for Phase 2 starting today. This has a longer application process and will distribute grants of up to $3,500 as reviewed and approved by E4E.

  • 5/23/20
  • Clarification on Executive Orders 2020-96 and 2020-97
  • Governor Whitmer announced that retailers and auto dealerships can open by appointment beginning Tuesday, May 26.
  • Currently, golf shops can be open for curbside retail. Beginning May 26, retail shops can open for appointment with maximum capacity of 10 people or less as stated in 2020-96, Section 11(q). 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. Golf shops choosing to open for retail sales should review 2020-97, Section 6.
  • Effective immediately, social gatherings of no more than 10 people are allowed with social distancing guidelines in place according to 2020-96, Section 8. The revised order does not reopen restaurants and bars in Regions 1-5 and 7. See Executive Order 2020-69.
  • A notable change was added to 2020-97, Section 1 (l) from previous order 2020-91 regarding procedures for employees to return to work following a positive test of COVID-19.
  • Workers necessary to prepare a workplace to follow the workplace standards described in Executive Order 2020-96, Section 11o and to otherwise ready the workplace for reopening are allowed.
  • The Michigan Golf Alliance continues to lobby for Regions 1-5, and 7 to allow alcohol to be sold for on course consumption.

  • 5/21/20
  • 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

  • 5/13/20
  • 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.
  • The Small Business Association of Michigan has created a template for you to personalize based on your type of business. Download the SBAM template here

  • 5/13/20
  • Associations in the Michigan Golf Alliance have received specific questions from members about Executive Order 2020-77 asking what the language means for golf operations and where to find best practices and guidelines. We wish to provide the latest FAQ, operational resources and answers to commonly asked questions.
  • The following FAQ for Executive Order 2020-77 was recently updated at Michigan.gov:
  • Q: Are golf courses allowed to be open?
  • A: Yes, subject to specific conditions as required by this order and Executive Order 2020-69, governing places of public accommodation. Tee times must be scheduled and payments must be made, online or by phone. Tee times must be spaced to avoid multiple foursomes from clustering or gathering at any stage of the course, and players must remain six feet from one another at all times.
  • Workers at golf courses who perform work that is traditionally and primarily performed outdoors, including groundskeepers and workers who prepare and provide golf carts and other equipment for safe and sanitary use, are permitted for in-person work as needed. Clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed, and food and beverage may be sold for takeout.
  • Nothing in the order prohibits a golf course from arranging for an accommodation for a golfer with a disability who requires one under state or federal law; confirmation of and arrangements for any such necessary accommodation must be carried out with the course in advance, online or by phone. Under the order, all work must be carried out remotely to the greatest extent possible, and any in-person work that is permitted must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures and heightened social-distancing rules required under section 11(i).
  • Golf and Executive Order 2020-77
  • Golf is currently included in a group of outdoor businesses that are allowed to operate while following safety precautions outlined in section 11 (a-i) of Executive Order 2020-77. Facilities that choose to open must create a preparedness plan and response plan along with operational procedures to protect their employees and customers. The elimination of gatherings, steps to encourage proper social distancing, and sanitization of equipment, facilities, and touch points should also be outlined in the procedures.
  • Planning Resources
  • National resources have been created to help golf facilities develop their individual plans and procedures. Back2Golf was recently released by the national allied associations that make up WE ARE GOLF, and NGCOA also offers guidelines in their NGCOA Park and Play Program. Both programs align with OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.
  • Although these documents were developed with a broad national focus, they offer additional guidance that may help with planning by individual facilities. Each state is approaching re-opening differently, and the guidelines in these programs are meant to provide suggestion on how to operate under executive orders that are currently in place. The Michigan Golf Alliance encourages facilities to seek their own legal advice on their preparedness plan and the implications of executive orders.
  • Back2Golf has created downloadable posters for display at facilities:
  • Click here to download 4.5 x 5.5 golf cart signs
  • Click here to download 8.5 x 11 horizontal posters.
  • Click here to download 8.5 x 11 vertical posters.
  • Click here to download 8.5 x 14 horizontal posters.
  • Click here to download 8.5 x 14 vertical posters.
  • Back2Golf Resources
    Back2Golf Guidelines for Opening Up Golf
    View the Back2Golf Guidelines for Opening Up Golf, presented by the Allied Golf Organizations
    Download a PDF of the Operations Playbook Version 2.0
    Download the 30-second Back2Golf PSA for your facility website and social media channels.
  • Suggestions for commonly asked questions from golf facilities
  • Golf carts-what is allowed?
  • The most recent FAQ specifically approves work by employees who prepare and provide golf carts. Phase 1 in Back2Golf recommends single rider carts, two riders if from the same household, and two riders if a plexiglass shield or plastic clear barrier cart dividers are in place and each rider wears a face covering while in the cart. The driver must remain the driver, and the passenger remains the passenger.
  • This recommendation was approved by Dr. Brad Conner, Cornell University and New York City Site Director for the GeoSentinal Infectious Disease Network for the CDC.
  • Can practice ranges open?
  • The MGA understands that practice ranges are allowed to be operated by staff working primarily outdoors as long as the golf facility preparedness plan ensures proper social distancing, restricts gatherings, and implements proper safety and sanitization procedures for range balls, buckets, payment touch points, etc.
  • Can golf facilities sell alcohol to golfers for consumption on the golf course?
  • Food and beverage services excluding alcohol may be provided to golfers for takeout or consumption on the course. Please visit this link to a Q&A posted on the Liquor Control Commission website. The Michigan Golf Alliance continues to provide feedback on this this impacts the golf industry specifically.
  • Can golf shops open for retail sales?
  • Golf shops may provide curbside pickup for retail following social distancing procedures in EO 2020-77.

  • 5/8/20
  • The Michigan Golf Alliance has confirmed with the Office of the Governor that Executive Order 2020-77 applies to golf operations in ways including but not limited to the following:
  • Golf carts are permitted with social distancing.
  • Work primarily performed outdoors by individuals such as starters, caddies and golf cart staff is permitted.
  • Golf shops may be open for curbside pickup.
  • Food and beverage services may be provided to golfers excluding alcohol (LARA link).
  • Food and beverage may not be served for dine-in.
  • Section 10.e of Executive Order 2020-77 states:
  • 10. For purposes of this order, workers who perform resumed activities are defined as follows:
  • e) Subject to the enhanced social-distancing rules described in section 11(i) of this order, workers who perform work that is traditionally and primarily performed outdoors, including but not limited to forestry workers, outdoor power equipment technicians, parking enforcement workers, and outdoor workers at places of outdoor recreation not otherwise closed under Executive Order 2020-69 or any order that may follow from it.
  • Section 11 of the Executive Order requires specific social distancing and mitigation measures:
  • 11. Businesses, operations, and government agencies that remain open for in-person work must, at a minimum:
  • a) 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 and available here. Such plan must be available at company headquarters or the worksite.

    b) Restrict the number of workers present on premises to no more than is strictly necessary to perform the in-person work permitted under this order.

    c) Promote remote work to the fullest extent possible.


    d) Keep workers and patrons who are on premises at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible.


    e) Require masks to be worn when workers cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace, and consider face shields when workers cannot consistently maintain three feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace.


    f) Increase standards of facility cleaning and disinfection to limit worker and patron exposure to COVID-19, as well as adopting protocols to clean and disinfect in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace.


    g) Adopt policies to prevent workers from entering the premises if they display respiratory symptoms or have had contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.


    h) Adopt any other social distancing practices and mitigation measures recommended by the CDC.


    i) Businesses or operations whose in-person work is permitted under sections 10(c) through 10(e) of this order must also:
    1. Prohibit gatherings of any size in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
    2. Limit in-person interaction with clients and patrons to the maximum extent possible, and bar any such interaction in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
    3. Provide personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks as appropriate for the activity being performed.
    4. Adopt protocols to limit the sharing of tools and equipment to the maximum extent possible and to ensure frequent and thorough cleaning and disinfection of tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces.
  • The Alliance continues to recommend golf facilities reach out to their own legal counsel and local authorities for clarification and questions.

  • 4/27/20
  • GOLF UPDATE-Executive Order 2020-59 FAQ
  • Q: Are golf courses allowed to be open?
  • A: Yes, subject to strict conditions as required by this order and Executive Order 2020-43, governing places of public accommodation.
  • Tee times must be scheduled and payments must be made in advance, online or by phone. Tee times must be spaced to avoid multiple foursomes from clustering or gathering at any stage of the course, and players must remain six feet from one another at all times.
  • Maintenance workers and groundskeepers can come to work to maintain the safety and sanitation of the course, but neither the course nor its workers may provide goods, supplies, equipment, or services to golfers on premises.
  • Accordingly, caddies, starters, and golf carts may not be provided, and clubhouses, pro shops, driving ranges, and miniature golf courses must remain closed.
  • The order, however, does not prohibit a golf course from arranging for an accommodation for a golfer with a disability who requires one under state or federal law; confirmation of and arrangements for any such necessary accommodation must be carried out with the course in advance, online or by phone.
  • Food and beverage may be sold for takeout, but may not otherwise be served to golfers.
  • Under the order, all work must be carried out remotely to the greatest extent possible, and any in-person work that is permitted must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures required under section 11 of the order—including the heightened social-distancing rules required under section 11(h).
  • Section 11. Businesses, operations, and government agencies that remain open for in-person work must adhere to sound social distancing practices and measures, which include but are not limited to:
  • h. For businesses and operations whose in-person work is permitted under sections 10(c) through 10(e) of this order, the following additional measures must also be taken:
  1. Barring gatherings of any size in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
  2. Limiting in-person interaction with clients and patrons to the maximum extent possible, and barring any such interaction in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
  3. Providing personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks as appropriate for the activity being performed.
  4. Adopting protocols to limit the sharing of tools and equipment to the maximum extent possible and to ensure frequent and thorough cleaning of tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces.

  • The government directives are subject to change. Click here to access all of the executive orders.
  • Please consider contacting your own legal counsel with any questions or to get more clarity on how the executive order applies to your facility.

COVID-19 Resources

CDC-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act


PGA CARES Act Town Hall
highlights available resources as we all work through the significant challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic, we are trying to communicate to all PGA Professionals the resources that have been made available by the Federal Government through the CARES Act.

We invite you to watch this one-hour PGA of America CARES Act Virtual Town Hall (also broken down question-by-question) with Tony Fratto of Hamilton Place Strategies.


Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
View the poster


MDHHS-Michigan Department of Heath & Human Services
COVID-19 Question Hotline
8am-5pm daily
1-888-535-6136


State of Michigan

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

WHO-World Health Organization

Michigan’s Interim Guidance for Athletics-Stay up to date on Michigan’s latest youth sport recommendations and mandates.

PGA Jr. League 2021 Program Guideline -Specific guidelines and ideas to help make game days, and practices run smoother and responsibly.

Back to Golf Playbook for Junior Programming-A guide to help you with all junior programming.

CDC- Consideration for Youth Sport Administrators-Great information on how to assess risk and promote behaviors that reduce spread.

CDC- Preparing for When Someone Gets Sick-Use this to review and create your own preparation plan for if PGA Jr. League players get sick. Other ideas may include assigning certain staff to be responsible for Covid communications throughout the season.

Back2Golf

Back2Golf Social Distancing Guidelines Posters for Facilities

  • Click here to download 4.5 x 5.5 golf cart signs.
  • Click here to download 8.5 x 11 horizontal posters.
  • Click here to download 8.5 x 11 vertical posters.
  • Click here to download 8.5 x 14 horizontal posters.
  • Click here to download 8.5 x 14 vertical posters.

Golf Inc. Innovation Strategy Conference Presentations

How to Disinfect a Golf Cart by Jani-King

Michigan Liquor Control Commission

Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association

National Golf Course Owners Association

Signage COVID-19 Templates

Small Business Association of Michigan

State of Michigan-Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Employee Assistance Grants-Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation
The application period will open on January 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and will be available until January 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. The grants are not first come, first serve and the application will be open for submissions for the entirety of that 10-day period.

MEDC-Michigan Economic Development Corporation

PGA of America

Small Business Administration

Small Business Association of Michigan

State of Michigan-Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity