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:
Prohibit gatherings of any size in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
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.
Provide personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks as appropriate for the activity being performed.
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.