Coronavirus Travel Update (COVID-19)

(Revised 5.28 – 3:00 p.m.)

FAQ

ATTENTION: Mackinac Island Tourism member businesses are strictly adhering to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order in effect through June 12, 2020.

  • On May 18, Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order was amended, indicating that select businesses in Region 8 of Michigan, which includes Mackinac Island, could open operating under specific guidelines beginning Friday, May 22.
  • Individual businesses are determining 2020 season scheduling at their discretion with the health and safety of the island’s residents, staff and guests prioritized above all other considerations.
  • For the latest information regarding individual business and attraction opening dates, visit: https://www.mackinacisland.org/2020-season-updates/.

When will Mackinac Island open? Are businesses open?

  • Individual businesses are determining 2020 season scheduling at their discretion with the health and safety of the island’s residents, staff and guests prioritized above all other considerations.
  • Some businesses that are permitted to do so under the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order will open as soon as May 29, with openings occurring gradually through late June.
  • For the latest information regarding individual business and attraction opening dates, visit: https://www.mackinacisland.org/2020-season-updates/.

How will ferry transportation be impacted?

  • Full ferry service from both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace will begin for the season on May 29. For more information and full schedules, please visit Shepler’s Ferry and Star Line Ferry.
  • Passengers are being asked to comply with new safety protocols, including maintaining six feet of distance from other passengers, wearing masks and following updated embarking/disembarking processes to limit crowds.

How will air travel transportation be impacted?

  • Standard air travel will resume upon expiration of the executive order.
  • Please contact Mackinac Island Airport and Pellston Airport directly for more information regarding current air travel policies.

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

  • While private travel to the island is still possible, Mackinac Island Tourism and the City of Mackinac Island are advising against travel to the island for guests and non-essential employees at this time, in accordance with Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.
  • Unnecessary traffic to the island by the visiting public puts undue stress on essential staff and services, including grocery stores, carry-out and delivery food services, healthcare, energy and more.

Will the Grand Hotel opening postponement impact other businesses opening on the island?

  • Businesses are opening gradually beginning May 29 through late June.
  • Individual businesses are determining 2020 season scheduling at their discretion with the health and safety of the island’s residents, staff and guests prioritized above all other considerations.
  • We continue to support our member organizations by offering the latest information available to guide their decisions regarding the 2020 season.
  • For the latest information regarding individual business and attraction opening dates, visit: https://www.mackinacisland.org/2020-season-updates/.

Is my trip to Mackinac Island this summer canceled?

  • At this time, individuals with existing reservations and plans should contact their hotels and other attractions for the latest updates regarding this season’s schedule.
  • Our sincere hope is that guests scheduled to visit Mackinac Island in May and early June will reschedule their trips for summer and early fall.
  • For the latest information regarding individual business and attraction opening dates, visit: https://www.mackinacisland.org/2020-season-updates/.

Have events been canceled or rescheduled?

  • Yes, select events have been postponed or canceled. For the latest updates, visit: mackinacisland.org/2020-season-updates/.
  • Event scheduling and cancellations are the discretion of each event host. If you are scheduled to attend an event on Mackinac Island during the 2020 season, we suggest contacting the organizer or host directly for updates.

Will Mackinac State Historic Parks open as scheduled?

  • Mackinac State Historic Parks recently announced postponement of opening until June 19.
  • Please contact Mackinac State Historic Parks directly for more information on current plans for the 2020 season, or visit https://www.mackinacparks.com/covid-19/.

Will my hotel reservations be canceled?

  • Individuals with existing reservations should contact their hotels for the latest updates regarding this season’s reservations.

If I’ve already booked ferry tickets, hotel reservations, tours, etc., will I be reimbursed?

  • Mackinac Island Tourism is a member-driven collective of local business operators. Please contact the business(es) with which you’ve made reservations and purchases regarding individual reimbursement policies.

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?

A Note on Public Safety

We are eager to welcome you to Mackinac Island for your visit this summer. In order to protect the health and safety of our valued guests, workers and residents, we ask that you observe the following public health guidelines during your stay on the island:

  • Practice good hygiene, including washing your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water several times per day.
  • When possible, maintain six feet of distance from those around you.
  • Wear a face mask at all times when in confined public spaces.

By committing to these guidelines, we can stop the unnecessary spread of COVID-19 and enjoy a healthy, safe summer – together.

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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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