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Updated September 17, 2020 - Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer has moved the entire state into the next phase of the MI Safe Start Plan and announced that "Michiganders are no longer required to stay home." The Ann Arbor area has begun the process of reopening and beginning to welcome visitors back into the community. 

As always, our region remains committed to the health and safety of all our residents and visitors. It is our top priority. We want current and future travelers to feel as safe and informed as possible. As you venture back out and begin enjoying all of the wonderful things the Ann Arbor area has to offer, we ask that you wear a face cover, practice social distancing, follow the recommended health guidelines and be respectful of others.

Effective July 13:  Governor Gretchen Whitmer changed the mask-wearing requirement for residents through a new executive order. All Michiganders must wear masks in public indoor and crowded outdoor spaces. Refusal to wear a face covering could be punishable with a misdemeanor charge and up to a $500 fine. Businesses will refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering.

What is open?

Note: We will update this information on a regular basis. We encourage visitors and residents alike to confirm whether a business or organization is open and operational during this time. Please check with individual establishments for more details.


Restaurants are now able to offer dine-in service at a 50% capacity. This includes food courts, breweries, cideries, food trucks and tasting rooms. Businesses can continue to offer takeout & delivery options. View a list of area restaurants

Effective July 1: Governor Whitmer signed an Executive Order closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan. The governor’s order applies to establishments with on-premises retailer liquor licenses. That means that most brewpubs and distilleries can stay open indoors. 


Retail businesses may now reopen but must limit occupancy to 50% capacity and assist customers in keeping at least 6 feet of space between individuals. View a list of area retail businesses



Hotels are classified as essential businesses and have remained open, provided they are in compliance with all guidelines and requirements for physical distancing, cleaning & disinfection, and workplace safety practices. View a list of area hotels



Pools are now open. Indoor pools are allowed to be used at 25% of bather capacity limits, outdoor pools at 50% capacity limit. Pool decks should be monitored to ensure that persons not part of the same household maintain six feet of distance from one another. Waterparks are not open at this time. 



Outdoor parks and recreational facilities, including playgrounds, skateparks, disc golf, tennis courts can reopen immediately with certain protections. Please be aware of signage posted indicating restrictions and how to safely navigate these spaces. View a list of area parks



Golf courses are open in Washtenaw County. Golf carts are available with safety protocols put in place, to facilitate physical distancing and limit the potential of shared touch points. View a list of area golf courses



On-site shopping is allowed as long as physical distancing guidelines are adhered to and there should be a minimum of 6 feet between parties at tables. Vendors will be spaced out within the market area per physical distancing guidelines and signage will inform customers how to shop under these new guidelines. View a list of area farmers markets



Personal services, such as hair and nail salons, tanning, massage, tattoo parlors and spas are allowed to reopen. Customers can expect to fill out a health screening, do a temperature check and get their contact information for contact tracing purposes.



Area gyms are now open at a 25% capacity and all patrons must wear a mask while working out. Equipment must be orientated to allow for social distancing and exercise classes will be a smaller capacity to allow for spacing of 6 feet apart. Steam rooms, saunas and jacuzzis will be closed. 



Many events have been cancelled or postponed as a result of this evolving coronavirus situation. Some events have moved to a virtual format. Please confirm the status before attending an event. View our events calendar


We encourage residents and visitors to practice good hygiene, including hand cleanliness, staying home when ill, covering coughs and sneezes, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. We also advise residents and visitors alike to follow the requirements and advice of local and state officials, the CDC and their health care providers.

There are a multitude of ways to continue enjoying some of the outstanding experiences that Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities have to offer. We have included many ideas into the blog stories below.