COVID-19 Park Restart Plan

From Governor Whitmer

On Friday, April 24, 2020 Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-59, extending her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through May 15. The new order will require people to wear homemade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces. It will also lift some restrictions on outdoor activities and allow some workers who perform previously suspended activities to go back to work.

View the Press Release 
View Executive Order 2020-59

From The Park President & Board of Directors

Staying home and social distancing is working! Thank You! The health and safety of our staff, members, and community remains 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.

Today the State of Michigan announced from the Office of the Governor Executive Order No. 2020-59 effective immediately rescinding Executive Order 2020-42, however, extending the current Stay-At-Home order through May 15, 2020 while maintaining Federal, State and CDC social distancing requirements and guidelines.

The new order does not rescind Executive Order No. 2020-43 regarding the closure of many public accommodations such as libraries, gyms, and recreation centers.  EO 2020-43 currently remains in place through April 30, 2020. The new EO (2020-59) also does not address the prior closure State Campgrounds.  Sandy Pines is licensed as a State Campground. The new order does communicate that State Parks (not campgrounds) are open for day use only with no overnight camping.  However, State Campgrounds (Private and Public) remain closed.

Based on the above confusion among the Executive Orders and Parks vs. Campgrounds, Sandy Pines will make effective immediately (subject to revised guidance):

Lake Monterey Golf Course

  • Open to Members and Public
  • Must maintain social distancing requirements
  • Golf carts will not be available for rental; walking the course is recommended
  • Member golf carts can be used; only immediate family members will be allowed to ride in the same golf cart
  • Payment via on-line, member account or drop box
  • Club House will remain closed
  • All users must comply with EO 2020-59.

Sandy Pines

We have developed a Park Restart Plan EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2020 to ensure a safe phased process and method of opening the park focusing on the safety of our team, members, and guests. Everything will not return to normal immediately, but we are making progress. We will communicate the first Phase of our Restart Plan on Monday, April 27, 2020. We continue to seek input from State and local officials in an effort to provide clarity on any confusion among the orders.

In the meantime, these plans remain subject to review and revision as necessary as we receive ongoing guidance.  As we all have learned over the last several weeks, this is a fluid situation that changes often.  Today has been no different.

Please continue to visit our website at For answers not found online, please contact our Public Safety Office at or 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

Rick Day Signature
Rick Day
Chairman of the Board
Sandy Pines Recreational Community


  1. member on April 24, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Monday is 27th

  2. Mitch Gibson on April 24, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Will this include seasonal sites. That are already paid for.

  3. Mike Drayton on April 24, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    You know there’s people going up to Croton which is a yearly thing they opened it today for all the members up there

  4. Don O'Leary on April 24, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Will we know what is owing and may we pay with a credit card, without fees.
    Thanks, Don

  5. Denise Naughtin on April 24, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    So,are we or not opening May 1? Or more to come?

  6. Esther Korzilius on April 24, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you. This has been a very trying time for us all

  7. Mary Kalisz on April 24, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Thank You so much! My 65th Birthday is May 2nd and I couldn’t be happier, to just be at our place at SP!
    Will gates / or main gate be operating At 12:01 AM so we can wake up at SP Sat Morning on the 1st?

  8. Joe lacosse on April 24, 2020 at 8:02 pm


    This is joe site 381, so then can I come into the park tomorrow, to get my golf cart then, and use for golfing?

  9. Bob howlett on April 24, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you for the information.

    • Linda Watson on April 26, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you!

  10. Dick's Market on April 24, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Our employees keep asking when will Sandy Piners be back? Nice to know you are finally able to plan an opening. See u soon ?

  11. Mark Bellgowan on April 24, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you for the quick posting, I look forward to getting back too , have been working nonstop and finally I have this weekend off before another 2 weeks on and was hoping…

    However, We need to not put ourselves in harms way and think ahead at this point- for example: God forbid a tornado heads in, do you ride it out at the trailers ?? Or pack into the convenience centers with potentially sick people.

  12. Peter Johnson on April 24, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    We wish to thank you for being pro action in this time of turmoil and frustration we purchased our place last fall and have yet to use it so this is a very happy message thank you very much.

  13. L A Lenamond on April 25, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Where does it state you can enter SP on May 1?

  14. Mitchell Gibson on April 27, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Hopefully seasonal site renters will be able to enjoy coming also

  15. Ron Jackson on April 27, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you for keeping us updated as to what is changing. Do we have any idea when today we will have the new opening plan?

  16. Sally Naughtin on April 27, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    I’d like to know when I can come back to my summer home at Sandy Pines. Travel arrangements are pending.

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