Summer fun offered during pandemic
By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief
Hair, nail and massage salons were allowed to re-open Monday, June 15, as part of COVID-19 reopening phase four.
The Traverse City Region and Upper Peninsula were allowed to enter phase five (the final phase) earlier this month.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced she hopes to move the remainder of the state into phase five by mid-June to early July.
Despite the safety regulations, there are socially distant summer activities available to the public.
Groesbeck Golf Courses and Rivertown Adventures are two outdoor options located in Lansing.
At Groesbeck Golf Course, Manager Greg Webber said his staff has implemented a number of social distancing requirements for guests to follow.
“I don’t see people really getting close to each other on the course,” Webber said.
“We took away all the rakes, golf ball washers (and) water coolers off the course,” Webber said. “And we inserted a foam insert in the hole so that the golf ball doesn’t go all the way in the hole, so that people aren’t touching the flag or cup. We also have a disinfectant that we spray on the pull carts and riding carts after each use.”
Webber said golf leagues are still running, but golfers are required to follow the course’s social distancing guidelines. There are 22 leagues, ranging from eight to 40 players per league.
Additionally, Webber said business is especially busy amidst the pandemic.
“We have had several days where there wasn’t an open tee time from open until close,” he said. “We are having more walkers than usual because people want to get in their exercise.”
Rivertown Adventures is located in downtown Lansing. It offers kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard and bicycle rentals along the Grand River and Red Cedar River.
Most of the rentals are offered at hourly rates. Kayak and canoe rentals are $10 for one hour or $17 for two hours. Bicycles rentals are $10 per hour.
“We are also now offering some of our longer ‘trips,’ which are priced depending on the length of the trip,” said Ashley Thomas, Rivertown Adventures manager. “All of our pricing can be found on our website.”
Thomas said the company has had to limit the adventures it previously offered due to safety regulations and shuttling issues, but is managing regardless.
“We’ve found creative ways to safely adjust and we’re finding that people just want to get out and experience Lansing’s beautiful waterways,” Thomas said.
The employees are taking precautions to clean the equipment and regulate social distancing among renters.
“Our check-in line has six-foot markers with signs asking customers to respect social distancing,” Thomas said. “After checking in, each customer grabs their own sanitized life jacket and paddle and heads to our landing.
“We have separate launch points set up at the landing that are eight feet apart to keep individuals from crowding the area. Between customers, we sanitize everything to ensure that we’re doing our part to keep our city safe.”