On Thursday, September 10, 2020 there will be a series of road closures due to a Legalize Being Black: Our Lives Matter Too March. This event begins at 6:00 p.m. at Bovee University Center on the campus of Central Michigan University (CMU).
The march route is as follows:
-East on Preston Street to Mission Street.
-North on Mission Street to Michigan Street.
(Partial Mission Street closure will take place between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m.)
-West on Michigan Street to Main Street.
-North on Main Street to Town Center.
A short program will take place in Town Center at approximately 6:45 p.m.
The march will then return to CMU’s campus by traveling south on Main Street to Bellows Street.
All event participants are reminded that face coverings are required. Individuals must also adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include remaining at least six feet from people outside the person’s household.
Events such as this are permitted under the United States Constitution’s First Amendment Rights and cannot be prohibited by the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-176, or the Central Michigan District’s Public Health Emergency Order.
First of all, thank you for your involvement in Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation programming. We are thrilled to have our community’s youth outdoors and staying active as we enter into the Fall season. As always, the health and safety of our community – especially those involved in our programs – remains our top priority. Our department is taking steps to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but this is a community effort, and one which requires the support and assistance from all of us to be effective.
As most of you are aware, the Central Michigan District Health Department recently issued a public health emergency order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This order reinforces the importance of all participants adhering to our program safety guidelines. To host our programs, the guidelines below must be followed:
- Equipment and supplies for outdoor athletic practices are shared to the minimum extent possible and are subject to frequent and thorough disinfection and cleaning as outlined in Executive Order 2020-160.
- The gathering is designed to ensure that persons not part of the same household maintain six feet of distance from one another at all times.
- The gathering must continue to comply with mask wearing provisions of Executive Order 2020-153.
Soccer and flag football practices take place in public spaces, and are highly visible to the general public. All it takes is one person to voice a concern or complaint putting both programs in jeopardy. Therefore, we must ALL remain vigilant and keep interactions to a minimum, wear a face covering, and maintain proper social distancing. If we all do our part, we can continue to keep our kids active and engaged this Fall. In addition, we can be an example to our community that these programs can operate in a safe and responsible manner.
Thank you once again to our participating families and volunteer coaches for doing your part in keeping our community safe and providing our youth with a rewarding outdoor experience this Fall. Please stay safe and healthy and we will see you on the field.
Ryan Longoria, CPRP
Director of Recreation and Sports
City of Mt. Pleasant
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 email@example.com or (989) 779-5348.
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.
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.