COVID19 Masks Required EO

To our valued Sandy Pines Members and Community. Thank you to all who continue to support us.  We received positive feedback, responses and results from our July 4th communication.  Thank you.  It is critical that Sandy Pines and Lake Monterey Golf Course continue to gain the confidence of our State, County, and local officials. We have worked hard with our State, County, and local officials to continue as many normal operations as possible for our wonderful park and golf course. We wanted to provide an update regarding the most recent Executive Order from the State of Michigan and the Governor’s office.  As with any plan, its success is based on our entire community and members implementing it safely.

Effective July 13, 2020

Members will see new signage posted throughout the park communicating the requirements of the State of Michigan for EO147.  Masks covering nose and mouth must be worn in any indoor public space and when outdoors when unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household unless the person falls under an exemption under Section 2 of EO-147.

Violators could be assessed fines of $500.00 per violation, and additional penalties may be applied to the Member Site.  Posted signage should not be removed. We will continue to have the Administration and PSO Buildings closed to the public while seeing Members by appointment only.

Please continue to visit our website at  For answers not found online, please contact our Member Service Office at 616-896-8315 x-100 or Public Safety Office at  at 616.896.9006.  I’m also available to help with any questions you may have by email or phone. We will get through this by working together.  Thank you for your grace, patience and understanding as we work together in the best interests of Sandy Pines.

God bless and stay safe!

Park President Signature
Jeff Sweitzer
Park President
Sandy Pines Recreational Community


  1. Tom Huss on July 13, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Then please Enforce it the campers last weekend were horrible in phase 3. You keep making these statements and never follow through. We are lucky if we see security driving around our phase

    • Cindy Brito on July 13, 2020 at 6:08 pm

      We agree. We were visiting our site in phase 3 last Saturday and nobody was wearing a mask in the restrooms except for my husband and myself. Our site is not far from the restrooms and we walk there and wear our masks and other people, who are not wearing masks, seem to look at us strangely because we are wearing masks, like they do not know that is the rule. There is no sign on the door to the restrooms that masks are required before entry. They also removed the paper towel dispenser in the restroom and put the strong air dryer back, but isn’t that dangerous to have that strong air blowing? I just left my hand wets and let them air dry outside.

  2. Adam Fasick on July 13, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    As a Healthcsre Provider, how will the exemption of Section 2 be monitored as it is a violation of HIPPA to ask any individual “why” they are not wearing a mask?

    • Cheryl on July 13, 2020 at 4:18 pm

      Exactly my question. You Can’t legally ask someone about their medical condition.

  3. Mark Walburg on July 13, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    You’d better enforce them EVERYONE EVERYWHERE ! or to nobody.

  4. Matt Glass on July 13, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve already seen the grounds crew on the golf course, the lifeguards, and some kids playing basketball & at the beach. None social distancing or had masks on.
    Enforce it to everyone or nobody.
    You can’t pick and choose.

  5. Dave Immink on July 13, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Jeff, thank you for this much needed update! We are totally in agreement. Now, tell us how the rules will be monitored, especially in the phase 3 CC by the outdoor pool. Our experience is that ~90% of the people entering the CC were maskless and we have NEVER seen anyone monitoring the building. Please know that you have our full support in your effort to monitor, cite, and fine offenders, BOTH campers and members, for our collective safety.
    Dave and Tina Immink

  6. Anonymous on July 13, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    This makes no sense. This is NOT a law…she can not legally impose a fine with out due process. And neither can any business. Technically if I have a guest in my camper it is my business not yours or anyone else’s. This is a pure over reach by the Governor. I have no problem wearing a mask when appropriate. And I understand the position the board is in and I will do all I can to honor the board. But the criminals wear Inf mask are now happy and I officially fear for my safety because we will not know who is a criminal and who is a follower. I will do what I can to support Sandy Pines but I will not have you or the government step on my freedoms or threaten me with a fine.

  7. Paul on July 13, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Include campers in phase 5 not adhering to the rules also. Are campers being informed of Sandy Pine rules when checking in? The rule should be adhere or be told to leave without a refund. Rules are pretty simple and should be easy to follow.

  8. Monica Hurley on July 13, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    On a positive note: I did not see anyone in Phase 6 violating the mask rule.

  9. Pat on July 14, 2020 at 10:34 am

    What about those of us that can not wear them for medical reasons?

  10. Robin on July 14, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Could you please list specifics in regards to the pool area? Are masks required when waiting in line? While sitting near the pool? What are the rules in the pool, especially for kids?

  11. Lynn Bailey on July 15, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Our campers given a printed copy of rules of the park as they enter? We can’t expect them to comply if they are unaware of rules and orders!

  12. AKD on July 16, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    why are there no paper towel dispensers in the community bathrooms? hand air dryers are much more likely to spread viruses and bacteria,. Let alone having to touch the bathroom door to get out negates washing your hands in the first place.

    • Sydney Ritz on July 17, 2020 at 8:44 am

      Thank you for your input. We forwarded your comment to our Maintenance Department. Our recommendation is that you follow up with them on this topic. As they are the ones who are make these decisions.

  13. Mark Bellgowan on July 25, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    So , Sandy pines fine is 500. I’m guessing this is in addition to the up to $1000 fine , misdemeanor and up to 90 days in jail that the police will issue?

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