Ypsilanti has begun the process of reopening and welcoming visitors back into the community. Ypsilanti is just as exciting as you remember, but things may look a bit different since your last outing or visit. We have compiled a list of what you can expect!
Please be aware that while most businesses are allowed to open with specific guidelines - some may choose not to do so at this time. We encourage you to check with the individual businesses before heading out.
Effective July 1: Governor Whitmer signed an Executive Order closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan. The governor’s order applies to establishments with on-premises retailer liquor licenses. That means that most breweries, pubs and distilleries can stay open indoors.
Effective July 13: Governor Gretchen Whitmer toughened the mask-wearing requirement for residents through a new executive order. All Michiganders must wear masks in public indoor and crowded outdoor spaces. Refusal to wear a face covering could be punishable with a misdemeanor charge and up to a $500 fine. Businesses will refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering.
No matter how you choose to enjoy Ypsilanti, be sure to follow the requirements and recommendations of local and state health officials, the CDC, and your health care provider. All individuals are urged to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines, practice frequent hand washing, utilize face coverings when in public and be respectful of others.
What is open?
Restaurants and Bars
Restaurants and bars, like Cuppy's Best Soul Food are now able to offer dine-in service at a 50% capacity. This includes breweries, food trucks, patios and tasting rooms. Expanded outdoor dining options are available at many locations. Groups must remain at least 6 feet apart. Servers are required to wear masks and patrons are asked to wear masks until they are seated. Businesses can continue to offer takeout & delivery options as well. We recommend contacting the individual establishments to verify their hours, offerings and policies before heading out. View a list of Ypsilanti restaurants
Retail businesses, such as Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center, may now reopen but must limit occupancy to 50% capacity and assist customers in keeping at least 6 feet of space between individuals. We encourage you to call ahead to confirm hours and ask about changes in service. View a list of Ypsilanti retail businesses
On-site shopping is allowed as long as physical distancing guidelines are adhered to and there should be a minimum of 6 feet between parties at tables. Vendors will be spaced out within the market area per physical distancing guidelines and signage will inform customers how to shop under these new guidelines. View a list of Ypsilanti farmers markets
Golf courses, like Green Oaks Golf Course, are open in Washtenaw County. Golf carts are available with safety protocols put in place to facilitate physical distancing and limit the potential of shared touch points. The carts are sanitized after every use. View a list of Ypsilanti golf courses
Beauty Salons, Barbershops and Spas
Personal services, such as hair and nail salons, tanning, massage, tattoo parlors and spas across the state were allowed to reopen in June. Customers can expect to fill out a health screening, do a temperature check and get their contact information for contact tracing purposes. Businesses must limit who can be inside the shop, remove self-serve refreshments and magazines in waiting areas and require customers and employees to wear face coverings.
Parks and Playgrounds
Outdoor parks and recreational facilities, including playgrounds, skateparks, disc golf, and tennis courts can reopen immediately with certain protections. Please be aware of signage posted indicating restrictions and how to safely navigate these spaces. View a list of Ypsilanti parks
Beginning June 22 through November 1, Washington Street in Downtown Ypsilanti will be closed to allow for dining with social distancing. East Cross Street in Depot Town has also been closed. Pop up events are planned to enjoy while dining outside. Now is a great time to enjoy Ypsilanti.
Once again we want to emphasize the importance of following the requirements and recommendations of local and state health officials, the CDC, and your health care provider. All individuals are urged to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines, practice frequent hand washing, utilize face coverings when in public and be respectful of others.
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