Temporary Closure of Broadway Street

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and the changes in current business operations, the Mt. Pleasant City Commission recently adopted a resolution temporarily authorizing outdoor business activities. These activities include waiving certain standards and fees for outdoor dining, tent and merchandise display permits. Therefore, beginning June 12 – September 30, 2020, Broadway Street between Main and University Streets will be closed for restaurant and merchant use.

To allow for proper social distancing, merchants will be able to utilize the space directly in front of their business and possibly adjacent frontage of service providers who will not be using their outdoor space. Although license fees are being waived, businesses must still apply for an outdoor dining license or merchandise display license.

Even though this street closure has the possibility of lasting until September 30, 2020, staff will review the continuation of this outdoor dining and merchandising option every two weeks.

If you have questions, please contact Michelle Sponseller, Downtown Development Director at msponseller@mt-pleasant.org or (989) 779-5348.

Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market Introduces New Safety Guidelines

Due to COVID-19, the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market has transitioned from a community gathering shopping experience to a transaction based In-and-Out Market. The market will follow recommendations from federal, state and local health officials to assure a safe environment for both shoppers and vendors.

Please note the new guidelines for the 2020 Farmers’ Market:

  • A limited number of people will be admitted to the market at one time.
  • If you do not want to wait in the admittance line you may reserve a 20-minute shopping time in advance by visiting:  www.mt-pleasant.org/farmersmarket; or calling 989-779-5330.
  • Attendees must wear a face mask.
  • Individuals should maintain 6 ft. social distancing between each other.
  • Follow one-way foot traffic patterns. There will be a designated entrance and exit.
  • Only one person per household/party should visit the market.
  • No pets.
  • Shop quickly, with a shopping list.   
  • Do not touch products. Vendors will select and bag purchases for you.
  • Use credit/debit cards, food assistance tokens or exact change. Change will not be given.
  • Preordered and prepaid orders are eligible for Curbside Pick-Up. In the future a list of participating vendors can be found at: www.mt-pleasant.org/farmersmarket.
  • Public seating areas will not be available.
  • Wash all produce before consuming.
  • If you are not feeling well, stay home.

The 2020 Farmers’ Market is scheduled as follows:

Thursday Market (Island Park): June 4 – October 29; 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday Market (Town Center/Downtown): June 20 – October 10; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Update from Director of Public Safety, Paul Lauria Stay the course. Wear a face mask. Safeguard our community.

To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer extended the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-59 requiring Michiganders to stay at home through May 15, 2020. Progress has been made in our battle against this virus but we must stay the course to assure our communities are safe and healthy. 

In addition to continuing our social distancing practices of keeping a 6ft. physical distance between ourselves and others, all individuals must now wear a cloth face mask which covers their nose and mouth when they are out in enclosed public spaces which includes stores and workplaces. Surgical and N95 masks must be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders. It is also imperative to keep up the practice of going to the store alone, which mitigates the spread of the virus.

Recreational activities such as walking, hiking, running, cycling, and now boating and golfing without a cart are encouraged as long as social distancing is practiced.

With the change in season, landscape and lawn care companies may now operate and plant nurseries and garden centers along with bike repair shops can be open. Shopping for non-essential items may be done by curbside pickup or delivery.

This fight against COVID-19 is unlike any other. But, by staying home, practicing social distancing, and wearing a cloth face mask when we do go out in public, we can mitigate the spread of this virus and successfully keep our family and friends healthy.  Thank you for the vital role you play in beating COVID-19.