COVID-19 is still spreading in Michigan and Washtenaw County, although at a slower rate. We have the latest update on the Stay at Home Orders and how it affects every day activities.
- 5/7/2020 – The Stay at Home order is extended through May 28. Select manufacturing may resume May 11 and the big 3 auto companies plan to resume May 18. Retail is now open for curbside. Summer events are starting to be canceled.
- 4/24/2020 – The latest executive order extends the Stay at Home order through May 15. However, it eases restrictions on some businesses and activities. Face masks will be required in enclosed public spaces starting April 26.
- 3/29/2020 – Governor Whitmer held a press conference at 10:15a, but did not extend the Stay at Home Order or extend the school closure. She did say there would probably be another press conference this week about schools.
- 3/28/2020 – President Trump extends the Federal Government Social Distancing Order until April 30. I expect Michigan will announce a continuation of our Stay at Home Order
- 3/23/2020 – Governor Whitmer announces a Stay at Home Order effective at 12:01a on Tuesday, March 24 lasting through Monday, April 13
- 3/16/2020 –
- 3p – Governor Whitmer’s executive order does not just close all restaurants at 3p. It also closes indoor amusement, libraries, museums, gyms, spas, and more
- 8a Governor Whitmer will hold a press conference later today to announce that all restaurants and bars will close at 3p on Monday, March 16 for dine in service. Delivery and carry-out are still allowed.
- 3/13/2020 –
- 8a – We have added a list of Washtenaw County Exposure Locations. There is currently only 1, but it is sure to grow as more are announced.
- 11:30p – Governor Whitmer has announced that all K-12 schools will be closed from Monday, March 16-Sunday, April 5
- 9:35p – There are now 12 cases in Michigan, including two in Washtenaw County. Both Washtenaw County Cases had a history of travel, one international and one domestic.
- 3/11/2020 – Breaking news: There is now a confirmed case at UM Hospital – This is one of the two cases reported on Tuesday
Ann Arbor Resources
Food is one of the essential resources that you can leave home for. Whether it is grocery shopping, curbside pickup (or making food deliveries), and picking up school lunch deliveries.
With a Stay at Home Order, grocery shopping is one of the reasons that you can leave home. However, many grocery stores have shortened their hours. Some have added special hours for seniors, the immuno-compromised, and health-care and service workers. Check out our complete list of Grocery Hours plus options for pickup and delivery and special hours for vulnerable populations.
School Meal Resources
Local school districts and charter schools are offering pickups of lunch and breakfasts.
Restaurants – Curbside & Delivery
Many local restaurants are offering contactless curbside pickup or delivery via services like DoorDash. Some restaurants have closed due to the coronavirus. Others, like Weber’s, are taking a different approach. Weber’s is offering grocery pickup.
With the executive order on April 24, other stores are now allowed to open with restrictions. Big Box stores are allowed to reopen their non-essential aisles and garden center. Garden centers and nurseries may open. Other stores may now offer delivery and curbside service. We will be creating a directory of stores offering curbside and delivery services.
Medical services like doctors offices, urgent cares, and pharmacies are still open. Many offices have special procedures during COVID-19 for segregating patients. Some offices are providing telehealth visits particularly in the mental health fields.
Be sure to check with your provider for updates on hours, procedures, and visit locations.
Pharmacies are still open, but may be operating on alternate hours like grocery stores.
Other Essential Shopping & Services
Repairs – for home, auto, and electronics – are considered essential services. Related stores can also stay open. For example in the last month, I have heard from family and friends about a dead thermostat, a suddenly leaking faucet, a smoke detector malfunction, and a sewer backup. We have also needed to take our car for service when an issue cropped up.
Electronics and office supply stores may still be open as they support essential operations and people working from home.
Essential Community Services
Essential municipal services like trash/recycling collection, water treatment facilities, and public safety continue to operate. Telecommunications providers are also still open and providing services. Many banks are still open, and online services are available. Mail is still being delivered.
Washtenaw County Coronavirus School Closings
All Michigan Schools are closed through the end of the school year. They have moved to distance learning in various capacities. I know my AAPS 8th grader is kept busy with school assignments. She was already familiar with Google Classroom and is managing independently so I have limited personal insight into how the tools are working.
Ann Arbor Coronavirus Closures
Playgrounds & Park Facilities
Playgrounds and Park Facilities are still CLOSED! Both Ann Arbor Parks and Ann Arbor Public Schools have put out a request to stay off the playgrounds.
Do not use the playgrounds, exercise equipment, or other facilities. Bathrooms, athletic fields, skate parks, ice rinks, and more are also included in the closure. Walking and cycling trails are still open.
Washtenaw County Parks has closed Rolling Hills and Independence Lake to vehicle access to decrease the crowds at the parks. You may still walk or bike into the parks.
The April 24th executive order allows for golf (without golf carts). I do not know if or when Ann Arbor golf courses will be opening.
Local governmental offices have been closed to the public during the stay at home order. I expect they will continue being closed. They have been responding to constituents through phone, email, and online with essential staff mostly working from home.
By executive order, all libraries in the state are closed.
Ann Arbor District Library is closed until further notice. Please do not return to the drop boxes while they are closed. Return dates were reset to April 30. All holds not picked up before the closure will be available when the library reopens. On March 16, they opened The Bummer Game…an online game to start earning points for the 2020 Summer Game. They are also offering online programming.
Ypsilanti District Library is closed. Please keep materials at home until they reopen. No fines will be charged while closed. You can place holds/requests, but they will not be processed until the library reopens.
Dexter District Library is fully closed. The return boxes are now locked and items returned between March 13 and 18 are being held in quarantine. No fines will be charged on items due during those times.
Milan Public Library is closed. The return boxes are closed. Please keep items. No fines will be charged for one week following the re-opening.
All in-person events have been cancelled through April. We are working to remove April events from our calendar. However, we are adding virtual events to our calendar. We are now starting to see summer event cancellations.
- Ann Arbor Summer Festival has cancelled all of their indoor ticketed shows. No announcement yet on Top of the Park, although that schedule was not yet announced.
- The North American International Auto Show was moving to June this year. It has been cancelled for 2020. TCF Center (the new name for Cobo Center is being prepared as an overflow medical center.
I expect to see many more cancellations for summer events.
We held a Virtual Spring Break over spring break. Join us to explore new locations virtually.
Outdoor activities are a great option for getting out of the house, but limiting exposure. Check out our list of 5 Family-Friendly Hikes. Hikes are perfect for maintaining social distance and limiting touch points.
While playgrounds may seem tempting, the virus can live on metal and plastic surfaces for an extended time period. So we are recommending activities like walks, playing in a field, etc.