Current Guidelines for Agritourism Operations in Michigan
Farm Markets, Roadside Stands, Greenhouses, Dairies & Creameries – Open to the public for indoor and outdoor retail sales, curbside pickup and delivery following social distancing guidelines and other measures in accordance with Executive Order 2020-96. Farm markets in Region 6 and 8 (the Upper Peninsula and the 17 most northern counties of the Lower Peninsula) are also permitted to open restaurant/bar areas at a limited capacity as of today, Friday, May 22, in accordance with Executive Order-97. Please be sure to review this order to learn more about steps that must be taken to protect the health of employees and public.
U-Pick Operations – May begin opening for the season, following the U-Pick Guidance from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Please also review Executive Order-97 to learn more about the steps that must be taken to protect the health of employees and the public.
Petting Farms and Educational Farms – Per Executive Order 2020-97, these venues may not be open for visitors at this time. If you have a farm market or other operation that also features a Petting Farm, visitors may not be allowed in that area of your operation. We do expect that these activities will be able to resume in the very near future, if case numbers continue to drop across Michigan.
Wineries and Cideries – Open for curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping, as well as for retail purchases. Tasting rooms in Regions 6 and 8 (the Upper Peninsula or the 17 most northern counties of the Lower Peninsula) are permitted to open at limited capacity as of today, Friday, May 22, in accordance with Executive Order 2020-97. Please be sure to review the order to learn more about steps that must be taken to protect the health of employees and public.
Farmers Markets – May open to the public following social distancing guidelines and other measures in accordance with Executive Order 2020-96. Please review the COVID-19 Resources provided by the Michigan Farmers Market Association.
Trout Farms – May open for curbside and retail sales of fish, but not for public fishing and catch-and-release at this time, per Executive Order 2020-96.
Wedding Barns and Event Venues – Per Executive Order 2020-97, these venues may not be open for visitors at this time.
Farm Stays, Bed & Breakfasts, Rental Cottages – Executive Order 2020-96, these businesses may be open “to assist housing a health care professional aiding in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic or a volunteer who is aiding the same”, and “provided that hotels or motels do not offer additional in-house amenities such as gyms, pools, spas, dining, entertainment facilities, meetings rooms, or like facilities.” Dining is permissible at a limited capacity in Regions 6 and 8 (the Upper Peninsula or the 17 most northern counties of the Lower Peninsula), as of today, Friday, May 22, in accordance with Executive Order 2020-97. It is also important to note that travel is prohibited to vacation rentals at this time.
Resources for Assistance:
- American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund
- Small Business Relief Fund
- Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency Work Share Program
- Small Business Disaster Assistance Loans
- DTE Energy Assistance Program
- Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders 2020-77 and 2020-71.
- State of Michigan Q&A on Order 2020-
- MDARD FAQs—March 31, 2020
- State of Michigan Coronavirus Website
- MDARD has established an email address for the industry, stakeholders and customers to ask questions and get clarification: email@example.com
- Sample templates for “Critical Infrastructure Employee” letters: Michigan Farm Bureau—Employee Letter in English and Spanish, Farm Employee Transit Letter in English and Spanish
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Resources Compiled by Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Farmers Market Association, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Food & Farming Systems, Farmers Market Coalition, University of Illinois Extension, Purdue University Extension—Navigating the COVID-19 outbreak, Consumer Guide to COVID-19 Outbreak, Michigan Small Business Development Center, Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association
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