The Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau continues to closely monitor the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it relates to the communities of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, West Olive, Allendale, Coopersville and its impacts on travel and our areas events, public spaces and area attractions. Our top priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our community, residents, and visitors. This continues to be an evolving situation, but we are committed to providing updated information and resources. Our team is in regular contact with the State Tourism Office (Travel Michigan/Pure Michigan), our local municipalities and county health officials to stay informed.
We will place any major updates and resources on this page.
Contact our office at 616.842.4499 for any specific questions or concerns you might have about how to travel safely to the Grand Haven Area. Our Visitor Center is welcoming guests via our front porch with in person customer service/vacation planning available with our travel planning specialist, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.
Please check with local, state, and federal government as well as the county health department websites to help stay informed.
Top CV-19 Travel Questions Answered
1) Are there any restrictions on travel to Michigan or the Grand Haven Area. There are currently no travel restrictions when traveling to Michigan or the Grand Haven Area from other states; however, if you have been feeling ill, were exposed to someone who has been feeling ill, tested positive for CV-19 or is in quarantine – you are asked to refrain from travel.
2.) Is the Musical Fountain operating? Yes, but on a limited basis and there is no schedule. On August 17, 2020 the Grand Haven City Council and the Musical Fountain Committee decided on the following regarding the Musical Fountain for the rest of the year 2020. “Shows will be random in date, time and will be unannounced. We require that our audience adheres to the social distancing guidelines laid out for Michigan through the Governors Executive Orders and Center for Disease Control (CDC).” Shows will randomly be shown Sunday through Thursday evenings and only 2 days will be selected during those 5 days. There is no schedule of when those days that the Musical Fountain will be shown. Click here for any updates: Musical Fountain Facebook Page
3.) Are the Beaches open? Yes, are beaches have always been open! The two more popular beaches are the Grand Haven City Beach and the Grand Haven State Park Beach with several Ottawa County beaches providing public access to beautiful Lake Michigan as well.
Please be aware of the Beach Flag System prior to arriving at the beach. Click here for more details.
BEACH FLAG AWARENESS SYSTEM:
Green: Safe to Swim
Yellow: Extra Caution While Swimming
Red: Danger for Rip Current/No Swimming
4.) Are your Food and Beverage Establishments Open? Yes, all of our food and beverage establishments have been open since June 8 with 50% capacity. Many have outside/indoor seating with masks required at all times until you are seated at your table. I would recommend calling ahead to see exactly what their specific guidelines are for their guests. Currently most have been continuing Take Out, Pick Up and Delivery Options. Please see our list of local places that are open here!
5.) Are Retail Stores open? Yes, all are open as of June 4, 2020 with social distancing CDC guidelines for indoor spaces and masks are required to be worn.
6.) Is the Pier, Lighthouse and Boardwalk open? Yes, these are all open to the public with CDC guidelines (masks are to be worn when you cannot social distance) though the Pier sometimes is closed due to unforeseen weather conditions such as high winds and water.
7.) Are the parking lots open to the beach? Yes, all parking lots and side street parking spaces are open to the public including the Grand Haven City Beach and Fisherman’s Parking lot which are all free. The State Park Day Use Lot is open, but it does require an $9 daily pass or annual Michigan Resident license plate tag.
8.) Is the Trolley or Beach Express operating? No, both have halted their operations until complete CDC guidelines can be safely established. There is no set date for these to operate in 2020.
Click to learn about area restaurants with: Open for Business Food/Drink Update blog or find social distancing options with blog post: Summer Vacation + Outdoor Exploration.