Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Info – Summer in Glen Arbor

couple walking lakeshore with masks on

This page updated May 23rd, 2020

Every person has the responsibility to protect themselves and others by adhering to orders and recommendations. As you plan to travel again, we hope the following information will help as you plan to visit Glen Arbor and travel the surrounding area of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Leelanau County, MI.

Code of Travel/Relocation

Whether you’re recreating out of doors or visiting a local business, please use local social distancing recommendations and other precautions such as gloves, sanitizing/hand washing or wearing a mask to keep others safe.

As of Monday, May 19th, Michigan’s Governor Whitmer unveils reopening plans for parts of the State. Retail businesses, bars and restaurants and offices will be allowed to reopen in Michigan’s northern region and Upper Peninsula beginning Friday, May 22nd. For more Coronavirus info for the State of Michigan, click here.

Under the reopening plan for regions 6 and 8, which include 17 northern counties and the entirety of the Upper Peninsula, bars and restaurants will be limited to 50 percent capacity and must require workers to cover their faces, keep groups six feet apart and train workers in safety precautions.

Small social gatherings of 10 or fewer people will also be allowed in the regions, Whitmer said, while encouraging people to “…stay smart, stay safe and keep your wits about you…let’s not rush out and force another closure.”

What’s Open?

While remaining safe, we encouraged you to still “think small before you choose big” and shop local when possible.

Shop and use essential services such as Northwoods Hardware Store (offering online sales, in-store and curbside pickup) and shop groceries and essential products from Anderson’s Market Glen Arbor (offering online orders, curbside pickup and in-store shopping).

Browse local businesses by category, find places to stay and other service providers in our BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Call ahead to see what their current hours are, what services and products are currently being offered like curbside pick up, virtual shopping or other safe and creative options!

Leelanau News

Two listings to share business updates are being published by our County newspaper, the Leelanau Enterprise. The listings run in the Enterprise each week and are updated a couple times a week on social media.

  • Restaurant List
  • A Keep It Local list of stores, primarily retail, that are not able to open due to the Governor’s executive order, but can offer phone, online or email orders with pick up or delivery service.

Our retailers are working hard to keep your dollars local. Contact them for all your shopping needs.

Glen Arbor Sun

Featuring stories that inspire in the time of COVID-19, as well as a County-wide listing of Restaurants open for take out service, visit the

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Lakeshore) is beginning to increase recreational access to park facilities. Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, the Lakeshore is increasing recreational access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

SBHT at Dune Climb

Beginning Friday, May 22, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will reopen access to:

• Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
• all park hiking trails and trailheads
• picnic areas
• parking areas
• boat launches
• Dune Climb
• vault toilets

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

• the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire
• all campgrounds and camping
• Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
• all museums and indoor exhibits
• full service restrooms

Recreate Responsibly

Please recreate responsibly so you can protect yourself, us, and our resources.

Check for updates in News Releases or on social media: Facebook and Instagram

This marks the 50th year of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. 

The Leelanau Conservancy

The natural areas remain open to the public. “Engage in outdoor activity, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household.” Be aware and hike at your own risk.

Before hitting the trails: If you ride, please be cautious. Help us keep the trails open by following these simple but crucial rules:

-Maintain proper social distancing at parking areas and on the trails

-If the parking lot appears busy, please try again later or another day

-Ride with extra care and safety

-Don’t linger in parking areas or at trailheads

Please note: no restroom facilities are available at this time.

The mountain bike trails and hiking trails at Palmer Woods Forest Reserve are open.

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