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Grand Rapids Travel Updates & Openings

All COVID Limitations Lifted June 22!

Updated: 6/17/2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued a Recession of Emergency Orders. All restrictions will be lifted June 22, including gathering and face mask MDHHS restrictions.

With the state’s vaccination rate increasing and the rate of COVID infections decreasing, MDHHS has loosened restrictions for the early part of June in advance of lifting all restrictions on June 22. Originally announced to lift on July 1, the Recession of Emergency Orders has been moved forward to take effect June 22, 2021.

As of June 1:

  • There are no capacity limits for outdoor events.
  • There are no capacity limits for residential gatherings.
  • All indoor establishments may operate at 50% capacity.
  • Bars and restaurants no longer have to abide by the 11pm-4am curfew.
  • Social gatherings will now be regulated only by the venue – e.g., guidelines or rules for an indoor wedding or conference would be set by the establishment in which it is hosted.
  • Indoor foodservice establishments must continue to maintain accurate records of guests for contract tracing purposes.
  • Face masks continue to be required for non-vaccinated individuals indoors.

Face Masks & Coverings Required (Prior to June 22)

Face masks continue to be required for non-vaccinated individuals indoors. Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask, indoors or out, except on public transport and in hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. However, local governments, workplaces and other businesses may still require everyone to wear masks if they deem it safer for visitors, customers and employees. Please check business websites for mask policies before you visit.  

Several additional exceptions are listed in the MDHHS Epidemic Order, effective until June 22.

While the CDC has lifted its mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals, local restaurants, retail shops, tourist attractions and service providers may still require all guests and customers to wear masks. At this point, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport continues to encourage all team members and guests to wear facial coverings. Please check business websites for their current policy before you visit.

Beginning June 22, all broad epidemic orders will be lifted.

We thank all the residents and visitors who helped support our local tourism and hospitality industries over the past 15+ months – and we look forward to welcoming you back for more Grand Times!

Please scroll down to read what’s happening in the month of June for different sectors of the visitor economy.

Thank you for doing your part to keep Grand Rapids safe!

Airport

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport continues to require face masks inside its facility through the month of June. The airport has been at the forefront of COVID-19 safety from the beginning of the pandemic. It is the first airport in Michigan to earn the Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ STAR® Facility Accreditation status from the ISSA -- the worldwide cleaning industry association. 

In addition to being the "gold standard" for cleaning and sanitation, the airport introduced a Fly Safe. Fly Ford. campaign in 2020 to educate travelers on new precautions for their health and restore confidence in air travel. New safety features at the airport include continuous cleaning protocols, hand sanitizer stations, plexiglass dividers at interaction points, visual cues to reinforce physical distancing, and PPE available in concession areas and through vending machines. Passengers, guests and airport personnel are asked to wear facial coverings throughout the terminal.

The Ford airport also offers COVID-19 testing in the Economy Lot, in partnership with TACKL Health. No appointments are needed and drive-up testing options include: Rapid Molecular PCR tests (results in 30 minutes), Standard Molecular PCR Tests (results in 24-72 hours) and Rapid antigen and antibody tests (results in 15 minutes). The site is open from 4am-8pm every day.

Visit the TACKL Health website for more information. Explore more airport safety measures and travel tips.

Hotels

Hotels are ready to welcome all guests traveling to the area. Indoor pools and exercise rooms will begin to reopen at reduced capacity. Please check with the hotel for details on specific amenities availability and safety procedures.

Most Bed and Breakfasts remain open and offer smaller, personal accommodations in boutique or historic settings.

Dining & Drinking

Restaurants, breweries, distilleries, cideries, coffeehouses and other food & drink establishments are permitted to operate at 50% capacity through the month of June. Bar service, dancing and mingling with other parties is permitted. Social distancing is not required and there is no restriction for the number of people at a table. All broad COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted July 1. 

Outdoor dining and carryout/delivery service continue to be great alternatives to indoor dining. We advise you to check with an establishment directly to confirm hours of operation, reservation requirements, takeout services, and outdoor dining availability.

Attractions

All area attractions have opened, except the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, which will reopen June 25, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, which has yet to announce a reopening date. Performing arts companies and live-music venues have begun scheduling summer and fall shows (many of them outdoors). Please check with individual websites for mask policies for the fully vaccinated. All unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated patrons must continue to wear masks indoors throughout the month of June.

Shopping

Retail stores can operate at reduced customer capacity. Rivertown Crossings Mall, Woodland Mall and Tanger Outlet Mall are open, though not all of its stores are. Select stores at all three malls are offering curbside pickup service. Other shopping areas like Breton Village Shopping Center and Gaslight Village are open for shopping. Many retailers across the region have upgraded their online shopping experience to expand access to their stores. Search our retail listings by merchandise category and neighborhood, and check with individual retailers for opening details. Face masks are required for all indoor spaces if you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated. Check with store websites to see if vaccinated individuals are also encouraged to wear masks. Mask policies will vary as retailers do their best to protect team members and customers; please be patient.

Outdoor Recreation

You can explore all of our Grand Outdoors right now – bike, hike, fish, golf, visit parks, and canoe and kayak to your heart’s content. Just remember to remain at least six feet apart from anyone outside your household and if you can't you are required to wear a face mask.

The health and safety of visitors and residents is our paramount concern. Thank you for your patience as we reopen the right way – carefully and deliberately, with protocols and procedures in place to protect all of us as much as possible. We look forward to your visit!

The Pure Michigan PledgeThe Pure Michigan Pledge

Pure Michigan announced a statewide safety pledge for business, tourism and local communities. Building on the “Two Peninsulas, One Pure Michigan” message of strength and unity across the state during COVID-19, Pure Michigan is encouraging businesses, visitors and local communities to take the Pure Michigan Pledge, a promise to uphold local safety protocols and CDC travel guidelines to travel safely this summer season and beyond. Experience Grand Rapids has taken the pledge with pride.

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