COVID-19 Park Restart Plan-Step 1

On Friday, April 24, 2020, the State of Michigan announced, from the Office of the Governor, Executive Order No. 2020-59 (“EO 59”).  EO 59 became effective immediately, and rescinded EO 2020-42.  EO 59 extends the Stay-At-Home order through May 15, 2020 while maintaining Federal, State and CDC social distancing requirements and guidelines.

We continue to receive numerous emails, voicemails and posts requesting additional information regarding Sandy Pines, State of Michigan Executive Orders and the impact to our community.  A summary of the EOs is:

  • Executive Order 2020-42 – RESCINDS EO 2020-21 Stay-At-Home order extending April 13, 2020 to April 30, 2020 which prohibits travel from one residence to another residence after April 10, 2020.
  • Executive Order No. 2020-43 – RESCINDS and REPLACES Executive Order 2020-20 regarding the closure of many places of public accommodation and places of public amusement, such as libraries, gyms, recreation centers and private clubs. EO 2020-43 currently remains in place through April 30, 2020.
  • Executive Order 2020-59 – RESCINDS and Replaces EO 2020-42, and extends the Stay-At-Home order from April 30, 2020 to May 15, 2020, while relaxing some restrictions such as travel from one residence to another residence.
  • Michigan DNR Orders – Closing campgrounds while allowing access to State Parks for day use only, but no overnight stays in State Parks with camping sites.

What does all this confusion mean to Sandy Pines? The staff continues to work hard to wade through these orders, rules and regulations as Sandy Pines could fall into all the above classifications.  We have regularly communicated with Allegan County, and sought guidance as we move forward.

One important distinction:  EO 2020-59 DOES NOT rescind EO 2020-43.  Therefore, places of public accommodation remain closed.  In addition, EO 2020-59 did not rescind the DNR’s prior closure of State and State-licensed 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.  This distinction has been important to us as we seek to abide by State law and move forward carefully and cautiously on behalf of our members and staff.

Based on the above confusion among the Executive Orders, the distinction between Parks vs. Campgrounds, and acting in what we believe is the best interest of our wonderful park, Sandy Pines will make effective the below Restart Plan (subject to revised guidance as this remains an active and fluid situation):

Sandy Pines Restart Plan

Park Restart Plan will have 3 Steps

  • Step  1 – 5/1/20
  • Step 2 – 6/1/20
  • Step 3 – 7/1/20

Step 1: Effective 5/1/20

  • Members and Immediate Household only will have access to the park and their sites
    • Members with children living outside the household included (college students, adults, etc.)
  • Paid Seasonal Sites meeting the same requirements as Members and Immediate Household
  • Maximum Site Occupancy 8 persons per site meeting above requirements
  • Main Gate Entrance only – PSO to confirm count and household
  • Sandy Pines Basic Staff to report to work May 4, 2020
  • Water to be turned on April 27, 2020 – May 4, 2020 to accommodate Member’s return
  • Pump outs to start per plan(s) starting May 4, 2020; missed Pump Outs to be credited
  • Facilities / Places of Public Accommodation to remain CLOSED; Offices (Admin and PSO) to open May 4, 2020 with limitations
    • Admin – Hours 8am – 4pm; Open to Members by appointment only 10am – 2pm (must wear mask)
    • PSO – Emergency and Patrol 24 hrs./7 days; Open to Members by appointment only (must wear mask)
  • Renewals process to restart May 4, 2020 with renewals to be mailed out week of May 11, 2020
  • Renewal payments due June 25, 2020 rather than original May 25, 2020
  • Recreation and other events to be finalized and announced week of May 11, 2020
  • Park and Garden – Open weekends only while adhering to posted capacity limitations and social distancing
  • Dairy Dip and Outback Restaurant available to open when ready – take out or curbside only, no inside seating
  • Outback Store available to open when ready while adhering to posted capacity limitations and social distancing
  • Social Distancing expectations, rules and enforcing violations/fines to start May 1, 2020
  • Plan may be adjusted at any time due to any new Executive Orders and/or revised guidance.

In the meantime, as outlined, 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.

Please continue to visit our website at SandyPines.com/COVID19. For answers not found online, please contact our Public Safety Office at Security@SandyPines.com  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
Jeff@sandypines.com

Rick Day Signature
Rick Day
Chairman of the Board
Sandy Pines Recreational Community
BoardOfDirectors@sandypines.com

Definitions

Member

An individual and/or his/her spouse and/or co-owner who maintains a membership in good standing with the Park. A membership cannot have more than two individuals (reference Sandy Pines Handbook)

Associate Member

Member spouses, member’s children and their spouses, member’s parents, stepchildren and those children under legal guardianship, 16 years and older. A membership who has no other associate member, may designate one associate member. This may not change more than one time a year.

Immediate Family/Single Household

  • Father/Mother/Children in same household
  • Adult Children – College students living away from home, adults who may live outside the household, but are immediate family
  • Grandchildren

Non-Immediate Household

  • Grandparents who are non-members
  • Aunts
  • Uncles
  • Cousins
  • Designated Associates non-family related

8 Person Capacity per site

  • Minimize occupancy to hinder potential virus spread
  • Protect staff and fellow members
  • Meets State Campground requirements

Can members stay overnight at the park?

  • Yes, Members and those part of their household are allowed to stay overnight. EO 59 states “all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons not part of a single household are prohibited”, unless it is to care for a member of the household
  • Camping and overnight camping are not permitted. Associates, Non-Immediate Household and Guests are not permitted.
  • Each member is required to take all steps necessary for the member to comply with EO 59 and all applicable EOs.

“Immediate family” that can ride in with member? Only their children or does that include parent(s) and grandchildren?

  • As defined above, children can be defined as ASSOCIATES who have cards to enter the park. ASSOCIATE cards will be shut off. It is highly recommended that “immediate family” travel with members to enter the park.  Keep in mind that EO 59 requires “single household”.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will we be allowed to enter the park at 12:00am Thursday night/Friday morning May 1, 2020?
    • Members will be allowed to enter the park starting 7:00am Friday morning May 1, 2020
    • Please remember our staffing is limited; we will have enough staff to accommodate members entering starting at 7:00 am
  • Will we be allowed to put boats in the lake?
    • As stated earlier, we remain short staffed at the moment
    • For the safety of our members and staff, boats will be allowed starting May 11, 2020 once we have the ability to get the lake ready for members and staff appropriately.
    • This date will be revisited and if we can allow this earlier than May 11th. We will do so.
  • Which CC’s will be available? Masks required when using CC (exception in the shower)?
    • CC’s 2, 6, 10 and 11 will remain open
    • Masks required when using CC’s (except showers)
  • Will water be on Park wide by Friday?
    • Water will start to be turned on April 27-May 4
    • Plan is to have the vast majority of water turned on in the park
    • There may be some exceptions that we will deal with on a case by case basis
  • Golf carts permitted?
    • Immediate, single household members allowed only in golf cart
    • Must maintain social distancing requirements and no gatherings
  • Restrictions on number of times members can enter/leave the park?
    • No
  • Is the leaf dump accessible? (Hope so). Addendum; is cleanup deadline still 06/10?
    • Yes, leaf dump will be open
    • June 29 is the current adjusted deadline
  • Gate procedure for phase 3?
    • Member cards will remain on; swipe to enter
    • Associate cards shutoff
  • Masks required while outside in public, i.e. while on golf cart?
    • Recommended; only required for enclosed areas.
  • Laundromat(s) available (while wearing mask)?
    • Yes, must follow posted CDC guidelines
    • Yes, masks required.
  • Contractors allowed? trailer repairs/services, lot cleanup contractors, propane filling, deliveries (firewood, appliance/furniture)? Charter (Internet / cable) service calls?
    • Are contractors going to be allowed in the park after May 1st?
      • Contractors fall under construction. We continue to monitor the State of Michigan orders and position. They are NOT allowed unless they fall under the following exceptions:
        • Propane (essential)
        • Lot clean up (considered landscaping)
        • Under CISA 1.0 Guidelines, incorporated by EO 59, “Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences”.
      • More specifically, are we allowing propane companies in to deliver?
        • Yes, propane deliveries are allowed
  • Fines/points for ignoring social distancing guidelines? How much, if any?
    • 10 points per violation
    • $1,000 fine 1st violation (meets State of Michigan requirement)
    • $1,500 fine 2nd violation (Membership subject to termination)
  • Which laundry facilities are open?
    • All 4 will be open
    • Restrooms will be closed
  • Is the leaf dump/recycling center open?
    • Yes
  • Will you be crediting renewals or offering dues refunds?
    • Membership Dues will not be refunded. Dues cover 40-45% of our operating budget. Revenues that offset the remaining 60% are projected to be significantly down. Dues are similar to city taxes and school mileages to run a city or district. They are not refunded as the work, costs and expenses to maintain the park has not stopped.
    • Renewals – will be addressed the Week of May 4. Missed Pump Outs due to park closure will be credited.
  • We live with our daughter who is an associate member. She recently got engaged – her fiancé has been living with us through this quarantine. His license doesn’t have our address, but would he be able to come with us to SP on May 1st when it opens since he’s living with us currently?
    • EO 59 states “all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons not part of a single household are prohibited”.  It will be incumbent upon each member to determine who is part of their household, for purposes of compliance with EO 59.
  • We are in Phase 3. Do we check in at the main gate or will there be a check in at the Phase 3 gate?
    • Phase 3 Gate will be available to access Phase 3 sites.
  • By “members”, does Sandy Pines mean ONLY “owners”?
    • See above definitions. Must abide by 8-person maximum site capacity and EO 59.
  • What about “associate members”? They are likely adult children living outside the household of members/owners.
    • See above definitions. Must abide by 8-person maximum site capacity and EO 59.
  • What about “grandchildren”? They are likely children of associate members.
    • See above definitions. Must abide by 8-person maximum site capacity and EO 59.
  • What about guests? There is no mention of them in this Phase 1 information, though people will be wondering if guests may or may not visit at Sandy Pines during May.
    • Guests will not be allowed until June 1, at the earliest

52 Comments

  1. Merilee Williams on April 27, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    No associate members during Phase 1???

  2. Rebecca Cadena on April 27, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    We live in phase 3. Will or gate be open

  3. Dawn Kisner on April 27, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I hope site clean up dates will be extended as I count on help from guests.

  4. Zylstra on April 27, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Will the laundromat be open? If so when?

  5. Andrew Kranenborg on April 27, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    “Facilities / Places of Public Accommodation to remain CLOSED.” What about the CCs? Will the 4 that are currently open remain open? Will the other remaining CCs also be opened?

  6. Jackie Phillips on April 27, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    So what about phases 4, 5, and 6? Phase 3 could open having no problem with social distancing because we are not on top of each other like the other areas of the park. I hope the park is not expecting us to pay full dues !

    • Brandy on April 27, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      The whole park will be open to member. The phases they mention refer to the steps of the action plan to fully reopen the park.

    • Shelly Hughes on April 27, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      Phase one of the plan, not phases of the campground.

    • Jackie Phillips on April 27, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      Sorry. Got bad info from someone. Just read the update

    • Lisa Zink on April 27, 2020 at 5:29 pm

      They did not mean only Phase 1 members can come in 5/1. They meant that this is Phase 1 of the opening process.

    • Sandy Pines on April 27, 2020 at 6:08 pm

      All phases will be open to Members only on 5/1/20.

    • Karen on April 27, 2020 at 6:45 pm

      Come on, it’s only been a month and we have been in a crisis!

    • Jeff Venema on April 28, 2020 at 12:56 pm

      I see a lot of confusion with the word Phase.. They are referring to steps on opening the park. Not opening only Phase 1 on such a date, then phase 2 ect.

      • Sandy Pines on April 30, 2020 at 4:52 pm

        That is correct. We’re in the process of changing Phases 1-3 of the park restart program to Steps 1-3 of the park restart program to help avoid confusion.

  7. Sally naughtin on April 27, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Will there be any pump outs

  8. Brandy on April 27, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Is this for day use only? Are there going to be any CCs open? Will we be given the outlines for Phases 2 and 3 at any point, or just as they become active? Thanks!

  9. Debby Roberts on April 27, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    In light of this unfortunate turn of events, we probably won’t be moving in for the season. Just to confirm, you’re not allowing us to alter our weekly pump-out plan?

  10. James Childs on April 27, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    What will the fines be for not adhering to the social distancing?

  11. Steve Waalkes on April 27, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Wondering when we will find out about phase 2. That would be very helpful. Thank you

    • Sandy Pines on April 27, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      All phases will be open to Members only on 5/1/20.

  12. Denise Lane on April 27, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    What about contractors. Are they going to be allowed to come do work.
    Install water softeners etc

  13. Al Snyder on April 27, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    so we can stay in your trailer on may 1?
    can my son help us move in on the may 1 we are staying with for the last 2 months

  14. Kim Slowinski on April 27, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Are all CC’s and any laundry facilities available after 4/30?

  15. Pat batterbee on April 27, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    So can members live there for the season?

    • Earl Mittlestat on April 28, 2020 at 7:17 am

      Will the water be on in phase 5 on May 1st

  16. Colleen Moore on April 27, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Will the date for site clean up be adjusted?

  17. Adam Fasick on April 27, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Jeff
    First off, thank you for what you and the Board do. Secondly, can you/the Board provide more insight into your “Phase plans” so that residents/owners can make guided decisions on how to handle their properties for the year. Some residents may find it prohibitive to open and others may have to alter plans they have in place.
    Thank you

  18. Carol Dykhouse on April 27, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    We are seniors over 65. We have a daughter, nurse, first responder, that helps us open and care for Sandy Pines. May she come in on May 1st

  19. Steph on April 27, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Can you please clarify the first part of Phase 1? This can be interpreted different ways. I am an associate member which is not listed, but I am also a child of the member living outside the household? This can be interpreted many different ways.

  20. Ron Lepard on April 28, 2020 at 12:24 am

    What about all the deadlines and associated fines for site cleanup, tags, etc.? Is there a new schedule or do the same deadlines and fines prevail with little time left to make that happen as planting season comes upon us? Usually I start cleanup activities as soon as the weather breaks to give myself time to get the garden in.

  21. Steve Fredericks on April 28, 2020 at 7:53 am

    At Sandy Pines, Phase 1, 2 and 3 are geographical terms understood by all. Unless the restart plans are expressed in terms that cannot be misunderstood, they will.

  22. Tammy Jackson on April 28, 2020 at 8:41 am

    How can we learn what phase water has been turned on by 5/1/20? Specifically, when will phase 3 have water?

  23. Mitchell Gibson on April 28, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Where do seasonal site members attain our cards and vehicle stickers?

    • Richard Frampton on April 30, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      Same question and when can I bring my trailer in

    • Sandy Pines on April 30, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      The Main Gate Public Safety Office

  24. Steph on April 28, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Can you please clarify the first part listed on the phase: “Members and Immediate Household only will have access to the park and their sites…Members with children living outside the household included (college students, adults, etc.).”?

    Does this mean that Associate Members will only be able to enter the park with a Member?

  25. Mellisa Cook on April 28, 2020 at 9:31 am

    When will we know what Phases have water turned on? We are coming down this weekend and are in Phase 4, just wondering if I need to bring extra water with me or if water will be turned on.

    • Sandy Pines on April 30, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Will water be on Park wide by Friday?
      Water will start to be turned on April 27-May 4
      Plan is to have the vast majority of water turned on in the park
      There may be some exceptions that we will deal with on a case by case basis

  26. Sandy Pines on April 28, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Thank for all of your comments and questions. We are working diligently on getting answers to all the frequently asked questions. Stand by as we continue responding throughout the day.

  27. Kristi Merritt on April 28, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Can we take our grandson along with us to help us clean up leaves? His mom and dad are Associate members.

  28. Craig Velting on April 28, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Can I put my boat in Saturday ?

    • Sandy Pines on April 30, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      Will we be allowed to put boats in the lake?
      As stated earlier, we remain short staffed at the moment
      For the safety of our members and staff, boats will be allowed starting May 11, 2020 once we have the ability to get the lake ready for members and staff appropriately.
      This date will be revisited and if we can allow this earlier than May 11th. We will do so.

  29. Albert @ Peggy Hudgins on April 28, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    I am in courateen in Florida, will return to Michigan in June. On returning is there a courateen order in place??
    We are wearing mask and gloves here.
    There is still a lot of questions but will wait for your response from this date April 27, 2020

    • Sandy Pines on April 30, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      Please contact the Public Safety Office directly regarding this question.

  30. Albert @ Peggy Hudgins on April 28, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Are there any testing going on at Sandy Pines
    For Covid19?

  31. Daria LaFave on April 29, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Could you clarify if the playgrounds will remain closed?

    • Sandy Pines on April 30, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Yes, all playgrounds and amenities will be closed with the exception of the off season CCs that will remain open.

  32. Pam Helmer on April 30, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for keeping us updated I believe the above information answers all my questions, thanks for all you are doing to keep everyone safe during this crazy time in our lives and across the world.

  33. Tammy Jackson on May 12, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    When can we expect to hear more about what will occur in the next phase of opening?

    • Sandy Pines on May 12, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      The May Footprints includes initial outlines of Steps 2 & 3. Please keep in mind all of this is fluid and we’re adjusting based off State & County restrictions every couple weeks. https://sandypines.com/wp-content/uploads/Footprints-05-01-20.pdf

    • Sandy Pines on May 26, 2020 at 5:40 pm

      We’ll be providing more information this week and in our June Footprints.

  34. Wolterink on May 14, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Is there a plan to open the closed CC?

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