MDHHS COVID-19 Numbers 03-31-20

The health and safety of our staff, members, and community is our top priority.  We appreciate your patience, cooperation and flexibility as we all work through these trying times together. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the entire staff, families, membership, state, and nation while we continue to evolve through these changes to combat COVID-19.

With this weekend’s federal announcements regarding social distancing extending through April 30, 2020 and the State of Michigan possibly extending critical dates of COVID-19 mitigation measures, Sandy Pines is in the process of evaluating the possible impact to our anticipated April 15, 2020 season opening.  One of these options that we must consider is an extended delay.

As a reminder to our members, based on last week’s Executive Order No. 2020-21 issued by the State of Michigan and the Office of the Governor on March 23, 2020, Sandy Pines and Lake Monterey Golf Course are closed. In coordination with Allegan County and travel restrictions put in place by 36 of 50 states, we are discouraging travel of any kind and recommending all members remain at their current homes until all such restrictions have been lifted.

In addition, Executive Order No. 2020-20 closed many places of public accommodations.  Such public accommodations include recreation centers, libraries, golf courses, including the facilities of private membership clubs.  Grocery stores are permitted to stay open, so long as they follow the guidelines. For the safety and security of our staff and our community, Sandy Pines’ places of public accommodation that are required to be closed are closed.  This includes Lake Monterey Golf Course, which remains closed. All park entry gates are closed and we’re screening all members at the main gate. Any members not approved for entry will be turned away. All our facilities and playgrounds are closed to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

We understand that many of you would love to return to Sandy Pines, especially since we’re all starting to get stir crazy. We realize Sandy Pines is a summer home to many, but please understand returning to the park before restrictions are lifted puts our staff and community at risk.  It also potentially extends the time frame in which closures may have to occur.  Now is not the time to take any unnecessary risks not only for ourselves but for others. Please be patient. Please stay where you are until such time that is safe and recommended to get back out and about again.  As soon as our places of public accommodation may re-open, we will do so.

We believe these restrictions are absolutely necessary to maintain the safety of our staff, members, and our community.  We did not make these decisions lightly or without reviewing the federal, State of Michigan, local government or CDC requirements, and recommendations.

Please continue to visit our website at For answers not found online, please contact our Public Safety Office at or at 616.896.8315. We’re also available to help with any questions you may have by email or phone. We will get through this by working together.

God bless and stay safe!

Park President Signature

Jeff Sweitzer

Park President
Sandy Pines Recreational Community
2745 136th Avenue Hopkins, MI 49328

Rick Day Signature
Rick Day

Chairman of the Board
Sandy Pines Recreational Community
2745 136th Avenue Hopkins, MI 49328 



  1. MARCIA on March 31, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Are you planning to amend the date that the spots need to be cleaned up?

    • Sandy Pines on March 31, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      We’ll have to look at amending many dates and deadlines if we end up delaying the opening of the park.

  2. Cheryl Champion on March 31, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    I hate the possibility of an extended closure, I want to shelter in place at my happy place. That’s the selfish part of me talking. You are doing the right thing to keep everyone safe. Keep up the good work.

    • Sandy Pines on March 31, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      We couldn’t agree with you more Cheryl. We wish it was another exciting spring at the park:(

  3. Kevin McDevitt on March 31, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    God bless everyone at Sandy Pines. Stay safe and stay home.

  4. Peggy Johnson on March 31, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    I need to get a few things from my trailer
    Can I get them and leave?

    • Sandy Pines on April 1, 2020 at 9:06 am

      Unless it’s urgent or an emergency, most likely not. But please follow up with our Public Safety Office regarding the matter.

  5. Darlene on March 31, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    I’m looking forward in returning to our happy place when we get an all clear to return. Everyone’s Safety is important. Praying this pandemic passes soon!

    • Sandy Pines on April 1, 2020 at 9:07 am

      We are with you on that Darlene. Stay healthy and stay safe!

  6. Sheri Gasiorowski on March 31, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    As much as we want to be there at our happy place, we need to continue to be diligent with our social distancing during this crucial time frame until April 30th. I am sure there will be much caution taken and practiced for when those gates open up to all of those in our great Sandy Pines Community!!

  7. Lisa on March 31, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I believe this is the very best decision for our Sandy Pines community. It is important to keep everyone safe including our workers. Maybe if the water was left off it would make it less desirable and keep from people trying to come back before they are suppose to. We all want to come back to our safe Happy Place!

  8. William Klopp on April 1, 2020 at 11:21 am

    What is the screening process that alows people in and to stay now?

    • Sandy Pines on April 2, 2020 at 10:51 am

      We’re only allowing people in for emergency purposes. There is no general screening process, we’re taking this on a case by case basis. Please start by contacting our Public Safety Office.

  9. Heather on April 6, 2020 at 1:24 am

    Are there plans to refund any money to us as we have been required to pay fees if we are late with payments. Seems only far that members be give a refund for the delay.

    • Sandy Pines on April 6, 2020 at 8:31 am

      There have been many questions regarding the possibility of crediting renewals or reimbursing dues if we’re not able to open the park on April 15. It is premature to make a decision on renewals and dues as the Governor has not extended Stay At Home Restrictions past April 13th at this time. We are regularly monitoring the Federal, State and County requirements, guidelines and recommendations as they are changing frequently.

      We have pushed back the renewal billing date from April 1st to April 20th and extended a grace period on account payments through May 18th. We are reviewing multiple options in the event we’re not able to reopen the park on April 15th. Once we have a definitive decision, we will communicate to the members.

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