Coronavirus Travel Update (COVID-19)

(Revised 3-12-21  2:30 a.m.)

Based on the procedures mandated by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services on 10-5-2020, Mackinac Island will continue to follow these safety protocols:

  1. Everyone must wear a face covering when indoors and not able to properly social distance.

In addition, we encourage all of our guests to wash your hands frequently.

  • Face coverings are required at all licensed businesses, with very limited exceptions as stated in the MDHHS Epidemic Order.  A licensee may not presume that a person is excluded from the mask-wearing requirement.
  • Retail Stores – Reduced occupancy of 50% of the total occupancy limits established by the State Fire Marshall or local fire marshall for licensed retail store businesses, such as convenience stores, grocery stores, liquor stores, and gas stations.
  • Food Service Establishments – For licensed food service establishment businesses that sell alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises, such as restaurants, bars, hotels, manufacturer tasting rooms, and clubs:
    • Face masks are required of all patrons (unless exempted by the Order), except when eating and drinking while seated at a table.
    • Consumption of food or beverages is permitted only in a designated dining area:
      • Patrons must be seated at a table, booth, or group of fixed seats for service.
      • No more than six (6) patrons seated together at a table, booth, or group of fixed seats.
      • Groups of patrons must be separated by at least six (6) feet.
      • Groups of patrons must not intermingle.
    • In the event that an employee of a food service establishment is confirmed positive for COVID-19 or shows symptoms of COVID-19 while at work, a gathering at that food service establishment is prohibited until the food service establishment has been deep cleaned consistent with Food and Drug Administration and CDC guidance.
    • At establishments offering indoor dining:
      • The number of patrons indoors does not exceed 50% of normal seating capacity, or 100 persons, whichever is less.
      • Food service establishments must close indoor dining between the hours of 11:00pm and 4:00am.
      • The venue displays, in a prominent location, the MDHHS “Dining During COVID-19” brochure (click here to download).
    • All dine-in food service establishments must maintain accurate records of the names and phone numbers of patrons who purchase food for consumption on the premises and the date and time of entry.

FAQ Summer 2021 Season

We want to come to Mackinac Island for Spring Break. What’s open?

  • At present, a majority of Island businesses are closed and preparing for the annual summer high season, which begins in early May.
  • Star Line Ferry continues to run their winter schedule from St. Ignace.
  • Each business will determine their individual opening schedule. For the latest information regarding individual business and attraction opening dates, visit: https://www.mackinacisland.org/2021-season-updates/.

When will the ferry companies transition to their Summer Schedules?

  • The summer ferry schedules start April 21, 2021.
  • Star Line Ferry will begin running ferries out of St. Ignace and Mackinaw City on April 21.
  • Shepler’s Ferry will run ferries out of St. Ignace beginning April 21 and Mackinaw City starting April 26.

How will ferry transportation be impacted?

  • Federal mandates require all passengers to wear a mask while aboard the ferries. The latest mandate can be found here.

When will Mackinac Island open? Will everything be open on schedule this season?

  • Mackinac Island business will start opening the end of April. Click here for regular updates.
  • We have spent the winter months building on our collective success in 2020 and preparing to ensure our businesses are ready to open for the high season safely and responsibly. We look forward to welcoming you for a fun, exciting and restful summer and fall holiday season, no matter how you choose to spend your time with us.

Will all businesses open in 2021?

  • We are anticipating all Island business to open this season. Only a handful of businesses chose not to open in 2020.
  • Each business will determine their individual opening schedule. For the latest information regarding individual business and attraction opening dates, visit: https://www.mackinacisland.org/2021-season-updates/.

Is it safe to travel to the Island? What are you doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • Mackinac Island Tourism member businesses have worked tirelessly to build on the successes of 2020 and open for the 2021 season – all while preserving the safety of the cherished visitors, workers and residents of the Island.
  • Island businesses are committed to upholding protocols and procedures in alignment with guidelines for safe operations set forth by leading health officials and local, state and federal authorities, including the adoption of a COVID-19 mitigation plan.
  • The City of Mackinac Island published a thorough COVID-19 plan, available here.

Will my Mackinac Island experience be different this year? If so, how?

  • Mackinac Island is committed to delivering the outstanding guest experience and tradition our fans know and love.
  • Safety is our first priority. As such, we continue to uphold familiar health and safety procedures, including the following requests of our valued guests:
    • Maintain 6-feet of distance between you and others to respect social distancing.
    • Wear a mask or face covering while in public spaces.
    • Maintain frequent and thorough hand washing and sanitization practices.
    • The Federal Government is mandating all ferry passengers must wear a mask while aboard.

Have events been canceled or rescheduled?

  • Many events will look different in 2021 than you may be accustomed to. Such changes are necessary to ensure our fans’ favorite traditions can be observed while keeping guests, workers and residents safe.
  • Event plans and scheduling are left to the discretion of each event host. For more information regarding a specific event taking place on Mackinac Island during the 2021 season, we suggest contacting the organizer or host directly for updates.
  • For the latest event updates, visit: https://www.mackinacisland.org/annual-island-events/.

Will Mackinac State Historic Parks open as scheduled?

  • Mackinac State Historic Parks will open attractions on the Island beginning May 1.
  • Please contact Mackinac State Historic Parks directly for more information on current plans for the 2021 season or visit https://www.mackinacparks.com/covid-19/.

Is public air travel transportation available for the 2021 season?

Can I access Mackinac Island via private air or lake travel?

  • Private air and lake travel options are available.
  • Please contact your preferred travel partner directly for more information regarding current travel policies.

Do employees need to be vaccinated before going to work?

  • Mackinac Island is working tirelessly to secure vaccine doses for the Island’s seasonal workers to ensure a healthy and fruitful high season.

What are the e-bike rules?

Additional Resources:

State of Michigan Department of Public Health & Safety: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
US Travel Association: https://www.ustravel.org/toolkit/emergency-preparedness-and-response-coronavirus-covid-19?

Mackinac Island Stay Safe Poster

A potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people gather. The entire Mackinac Island community is committed to keeping you healthy and safe but we cannot guarantee possible exposure to COVID-19 won’t occur. To help in maintaining a safe environment, your assistance is needed while visiting in following the guidelines below.

  1. If you are displaying symptoms or known to be COVID positive or have been exposed to someone displaying symptoms or known to be COVID positive, we ask that you not travel to Mackinac Island.
  2. Please wash hands often and refrain from touching your face or eyes.
  3. Maintain 6-feet of distance between you and others as often as possible.
  4. Wear a mask or cover your mouth and nose while in public areas.
  5. Avoid touching surfaces whenever possible.

Thank you for your help in maintaining the safest possible experience for all.

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