Empire Area Community Center scrapped its annual Halloween Party in October 2020.
Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce canceled the in-person Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace, but offers the event online from Nov. 7 through Dec. 18. The tree lighting and caroling are also called off this year, but Glen Lake Church plans to post the caroling event online.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore's limited openings include beaches and trails as well as the visitors center. The Maritime Museum keeper's quarters and Glen Haven buildings are closed. A new mobile visitors center is available.
Manitou Island Transit in Leland is not running the ferry to North and South Manitou islands in 2020 because of poor dock conditions relating to high waters.
Cedar Polka Fest organizers delayed the annual event until June 17-20, 2021. The June 2020 festival was originally postponed till September.
The Kalkaska Genealogical Society canceled all 2020 meetings. Events should resume in March 2021. Society members answer questions about family research at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iris Farm on M-72 in Traverse City closed for the 2020 season.
Crystal Lake Community Business Association canceled its Thursday Music in the Park concerts for the 2020 summer.
Bellaire Chamber of Commerce is closed to the public, as the office is inside the Commission on Aging building.
Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce scrapped Concerts in the Park (Friday nights in August) in Frankfort.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore is open for donation drop-offs, but pickups are paused.
The Ed & Irene Fleis Education Fund Board of Directors canceled the annual Spring Fling dinner and dance and golf outing in May. Organizers are planning a Nov. 11 virtual event.
Glen Arbor Arts Center suspended the Manitou Music concert series, classes, in-gallery exhibitions and the Plein Air Weekend. Virtual classes and instruction are in development, and all exhibitions scheduled for 2020 may be viewed online.
Elk Rapids Area Historical Society closed the museum to the public for the summer 2020 season. Programs are canceled, with plans to reschedule next year. Individuals may make an appointment to conduct research.
Bellaire Historical Museum did not open for the 2020 season. Volunteers handle research inquires by phone. The house tour and quilt raffle resume in 2021.
Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordan remains closed and all programs are canceled through spring 2021.
Habitat for Humanity of Benzie County shut the doors at the ReStore in early April.
Elk Rapids Golf Club is open to the public after 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers Club scrapped its Student Harvest Days in mid-September. All public events at the showgrounds are called off for this season.
Inland Seas Education Association Capt. Thomas M. Kelly Biological Station is not open to the public. Volunteer training moved online or postponed. Public sailing aboard the Inland Seas ship resumed in August with limited capacity.
Overnight lodging, campsites, the welcome center and all restrooms remain closed at Greilick Outdoor Recreation and Education Center.
Grand Traverse County closings: Easling Pool, Howe Arena, skate park, playground, basketball court and restrooms at Civic Center Park; the Natural Education Reserve; Beitner Park; restrooms at Medalie Park closed for winter; portable restrooms at Maple Bay Park and Natural Area and Twin Lakes Park are unavailable until May or later. Trails are open at Civic Center Park, the Natural Education Reserve and trailheads Beitner Park, the VASA Trail, Medalie Park, Twin Lakes Park and Maple Bay Park and Natural Area.
The Father Fred Foundation building is shut to guests and visitors. The foundation continues food and emergency financial services, accessible by phone. Donations of food, clothing and furniture are temporarily suspended.
NMC closed its main campus, University Center and all other campuses. Employees are divided into essential and non-essential, with both categories receiving pay. Commencement-related activities, including Honors Convocation, postponed. College for Kids online courses available.
Events at City Opera House in Traverse City are scrapped or postponed. The venue remains closed until further notice. The Moth Mainstage is rescheduled from Oct. 30 to May 14, 2021. Ticket holders will be contacted.
National Writers Series canceled all in-person events while the City Opera House is closed. The fall season features free virtual author talks via Zoom.
Indian Trails suspends its Battle Creek connection with the Amtrak transportation network. Passengers holding unused tickets for any of these routes can call 800-292-3831 for reissues or refunds.
Bay Area Transportation Authority service adjustments:
• Bayline: Service reduced to estimated 15-minute frequency, operating 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
• City Loop Route 3: Suspended
• City Loop: Service ending at 8 p.m. (7:30 p.m. last departure from Hall Street Transfer Station)
• Hall Street Transfer Station: Lobby closed to public
• Leelanau Loop Route: Suspended
• Village Loop: Weekday frequency increases on Route 10- Suttons Bay, Route 12- Interlochen, Route 13- Kingsley and Route 14- Williamsburg/Acme, weekend service resumes
Col. Demas T. Craw VA Clinic in Traverse City temporarily uses triage. Routine appointments moved to virtual care, as appropriate.
The Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay closed its office to the public, but staff members answer emails and receiving voicemails.
Up North Arts in Cadillac stopped all classes, dances and workshops. The gift shop is closed. The center aims for a September reopening.
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) closed all lobbies to the public.
District Health Department No. 10 is open for some services by appointment only. Visitors must call upon arrival, wear a mask and will be screen for COVID-19 symptoms. Call 888-217-3904 to schedule an immunization, family planning, breast and cervical cancer or STD appointment.
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians offices are closed to non-staff until further notice.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services closes its lobby to all except individuals with appointments. Online services include submitting paperwork, reviewing benefit information, reporting changes, applying for benefits and completing the process for redetermining eligibility for assistance.
Antrim County bars the public from its governmental buildings, except the courthouse, until further notice. County employees still provide services by phone.
The Michigan DNR closed customer service centers and field offices. Call 231-922-5280 for an appointment for hunting and fishing licenses, burn permits and charter licenses. Online services still available. The following facilities are closed: Outdoor Adventure Center, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit; Michigan History Museum and Archives of Michigan in Lansing; Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee; and DNR visitor centers at state parks and the Oden and Wolf Lake fish hatchery interpretive centers.
Parkinson's Network North day and evening support group meetings are postponed. Questions: 231-947-7389.
Women's Resource Center suspends face-to-face contact with clients, visitors, volunteers and group sessions. Sessions conducted by phone, 231-941-1210. Emergency shelter is open and phones are answered 24/7.
Cherryland Humane Society is closed to the general public for all business, including adoptions, fosters, visits, etc. — which are by appointment only. Staff and volunteers care for pets at the shelter daily.
National Weather Service- Gaylord canceled spring 2020 storm-spotting training sessions.
Movie theater closures: the State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City and The Garden Theater in Frankfort.
Michigan Department of Civil Rights offices aren't accepting walk-ins until further notice. Individuals with appointments are admitted.
Traverse City Downtown Development Authority offices, 303 East State St., are closed to walk-in traffic. Employees answer calls and emails from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Grand Traverse County offices at the Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Ave., open for appointments from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vulnerable residents can schedule appointments from 8-10 a.m. Visitors must wear masks and keep their distance. Staff continues services by phone and online.
Garfield, Peninsula and Acme township offices are closed until further notice. Acme and Garfield township staff take calls during business hours, and Peninsula Township staff respond to emails remotely.
East Bay Township offices open by appointment and walk-ins are accepted. Township staff continue facilitating requests by phone and email.
Grow Benzie suspended its youth programs, potlucks and other social gatherings. The 2020 farmers market is canceled. The annual fundraiser Bayou in the Barn moved to a virtual format.
Grand Traverse County Commission board meetings moved online. These begin at 8 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month via WebEx.
Old Town Playhouse remains closed. Aged to Perfection meetings and performances are canceled. Young Company classes are postponed until further notice.
Northern Michigan Community Action Agency evaluates seniors needing frozen meals. Meals on Wheels are delivered weekly. NMCAA suspends in-person home ownership and Money Management workshops along with individual appointments. Questions: 231-947-3780.
Sgt. Dennis W. Finch Law Enforcement Center on Woodmere Avenue is closed. For assistance with records or filing a police report, use the phone in the lobby. FOIAs are accepted via mail.
Great Lakes Children's Museum is closed, but offers virtual programs and the Mobile Museum.
Child and Family Services asks people to avoid visiting its offices. Staff members handle phone calls and mail on a limited basis. Pete’s Place, the shelter for runaway and homeless youth, is open.
Northwest Michigan Works offers services by appointment only. Call 800-692-7774 to schedule.
Walk-ins not allowed at the Grand Traverse County Road Commission office. Contact staff via email, Facebook or call 231-922-4848.
Cherryland Electric Cooperative's lobby remains closed to the public. A drive-thru is open in Grawn for bill payments and questions.
Grass River Natural Area administrative offices are closed, but trails are open daily from dawn to dusk. Staff answers questions at email@example.com or 231-533-8576.
Mackinac Bridge Authority suspends the Driver Assistance Program, in which an MBA employee drives across the bridge for people who are uncomfortable doing it themselves. The MBA plans to reevaluate the program later. Cash transactions are also halted. Drivers must use a credit or debit card or the MacPass to cross the bridge.
Grand Traverse Bay YMCA cancellations include the guest pass policy as well as School’s Out program, lacrosse drop-ins, youth and adult basketball seasons and practices. The Child Development Center remains open, but its status is evaluated daily. West facility is closed Sundays and Central on Saturdays and Sundays for cleaning.
Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network suspends programs, including the congregate meals, at all locations (Traverse City, Acme, Fife Lake, Kingsley and Interlochen). Traverse City Senior Center remains open to provide information and scheduled, one-on-one income tax preparation services.
Postseason events sponsored by the Michigan High School Athletic Association are suspended until fall.
TCAPS: Out-of-district, school-sponsored travel suspended until new guidance is available, including professional conferences, academic activities, field trips and non-MHSAA athletic events.
Glen Arbor Pumpkin Festival
Gladhander Hoedown, a GTACS fundraiser show and dinner, at Immaculate Conception Elementary School
Trick or Treat Glen Arbor
Cherry Capital Comic Con (through Nov. 1) at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, delayed to 2021
The Moth Mainstage at City Opera House, rescheduled for May 14, 2021
Downtown Traverse City Halloween Walk
Bell's Iceman Cometh Challenge, bike race from Kalkaska to Timber Ridge RV Resort in TC
Bellaire Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Gift Fair at Bellaire High School
Tree Lighting and Caroling outside of Glen Arbor Township Hall