Suttons Bay Chamber of Commerce removed YetiFest from the January 2021 calendar. The annual event includes a chili cook-off, sled races, movie screenings and turkey bowling. 

Benzie County Government Center is closed to the public Nov. 30 through Jan. 12. In-person appointments can be made with individual departments. Staff encourages services by phone, email and the drop box outside. 

Bellaire Chamber of Commerce canceled the Soup Cook-Off and Parade, but encourages community members to decorate their homes for the 2020 Light Up the Night in December. 

Great Lakes Children's Museum offers weekly virtual programs. The facility is open to the general public by reservation only on Wednesdays and Fridays. Morning sessions run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Afternoon sessions are 1:30-4 p.m. Capacity is limited to 72 people per session.

Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce canceled the in-person Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace, but the online event runs through Dec. 18. The in-person tree lighting and caroling are also off this year, but Glen Lake Church plans to post a video of the event at

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore's limited openings include beaches and trails as well as the visitors center. Maritime Museum keeper's quarters and Glen Haven buildings are closed. A mobile visitors center is available around the park.

Cedar Polka Fest organizers delayed the annual event until June 17-20, 2021. The June 2020 festival was originally postponed till September. 

Kalkaska Genealogical Society plans to resume events in March 2021. Send questions about family research to

Bellaire Chamber of Commerce closed to the public, as the office is inside the Commission on Aging building. 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is open for donation drop-offs, but pickups are paused.

Glen Arbor Arts Center develops virtual classes and instruction, and exhibitions may be viewed online.

Elk Rapids Area Historical Society closed the museum to the public. Programs are canceled, with plans to reschedule next year. Individuals may make an appointment to conduct research. 

Bellaire Historical Museum 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 canceled through spring 2021. 

Inland Seas Education Association Capt. Thomas M. Kelly Biological Station is closed to the public. Volunteer training moved online or postponed. Public sailing aboard the Inland Seas ship continue with limited capacity. 

The welcome center, staff offices, overnight lodging, all restroom facilities, campsites, activity areas and equipment rentals remain closed at Greilick Outdoor Recreation and Education Center.

The Father Fred Foundation building is shut to guests and visitors. Food and emergency financial services are accessible by phone. Donations of food, clothing and furniture are temporarily suspended. 

Events, including National Writers Series talks, at City Opera House in Traverse City are scrapped or postponed. The venue remains closed until further notice. 

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 receive voicemails.

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) closed all lobbies to the public.

District Health Department No. 10 offers some services by appointment only. Visitors must call upon arrival, wear a mask and take a COVID-19 screening. 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 lobby is open only to 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 continue. 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 adoptions, fosters, visits, etc. — which are by appointment only. Staff and volunteers care for pets at the shelter daily.

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 are open to individuals with appointments. Contact: 800-482-3604 or

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 from 8-10 a.m. Visitors wear masks and keep their distance. Staff continues services by phone and online. 

Acme, East Bay and Peninsula township offices are open by appointment, or residents can use the drop box. East Bay Township also accepts walk-ins. Staff facilitate requests by phone and email.

Grow Benzie suspended its youth programs, potlucks and other social gatherings. The 2020 farmers market was canceled. 

Aged to Perfection meetings and performances at Old Town Playhouse are halted. 

Northern Michigan Community Action Agency's Meals on Wheels delivers frozen meals weekly to seniors. 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.

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 open 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. Contact staff at 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 Child Development Center is open Monday to Thursday, but its status is evaluated daily. The Central YMCA facility is closed on Sundays.

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 provides 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.


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