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Reminder to all lodging businesses

The Grand Traverse County Health Department would like to remind all hotels and motels in Grand Traverse County that in accordance with Executive Order 2020-92, operations and functions within your facility are to remain limited until travel restrictions within the state are lifted.

As of now, EO 2020-92 (MI Safe Start) allows individuals to travel;

  • To return to a home or place of residence from outside this state.
  • To leave this state for a home or residence elsewhere.
  • Between two residences in this state, including moving to a new residence.
  • As required by law enforcement or a court order, including the transportation of children pursuant to a custody agreement.

All other travel is prohibited, including all travel to vacation rentals.

All hotels and motels in the state are allowed to operate and “provide temporary or permanent housing for shelter or for otherwise needy individuals.” For purposes of the order, the term “otherwise needy individuals” includes anyone residing in a hotel or motel at the time the order was issued or anyone seeking shelter during the current pandemic. Hotels and motels may also remain open to the extent they are used for COVID-19 mitigation and containment efforts and to serve critical infrastructure workers.

Hotels and motels may, therefore, remain open, but they may only engage in activities providing shelter and basic needs (such as carry-out/delivery/room-service food). While engaging in those activities, they must limit guest-to-guest, guest-to-staff, and staff-to-staff interactions as
much as possible and must adopt all other mitigation measures required in the order. They may not provide additional in-house amenities such as gyms, pools, spas, entertainment facilities, meeting rooms or like facilities, or provide in-house dining.

We understand that it will be difficult to know whether a reservation is being made out of necessity or pleasure, but we encourage all establishments to keep the current Executive Orders in mind while operating your businesses. Any complaints regarding establishments that are violating the order will be turned over to local law enforcement.

Source: Grand Traverse County Health Department