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Golf courses, marinas back open for business in Michigan

Posted at 11:18 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 15:05:02-04

HARTLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the stay home stay safe order will be extended until May 15. But she is lifting some restrictions on outdoor activities.

That’s welcome news for those wanting to enjoy the outdoors.

Several golf courses around metro Detroit immediately saw people showing up, ready to hit the links and get out of the house.

But, that’s not all you can do this weekend, you can also go out on your boat.

“It was kind of crazy, we really weren’t set up to go until May 1,” says John Utter.

Utter is the General manager at Ironwood Golf Club in Hartland. He says he’s happy to see people out playing golf again.

“I has several phone calls and they said oh my gosh this is great, I can finally get out of the house and get a breath of fresh air and get a little bit of exercise,” he says.

But people won’t just be hitting the links. We saw plenty of people hitting the water.

The governor’s order also allows for motorized boating.

John says just the opportunity to do something different than stay indoors is great.

“I know that we have a power cart restriction right now. There’s a lot of people walking, people are bringing their pull carts,” he says.

Once we posted the story on our WXYZ-TV Facebook page the comments started rolling in..

One person writing she’s playing it smart, opening too much at once would cause more of a pandemic.

Another viewer writing, “I’m glad that she lifted certain restrictions while extending the stay home stay safe order. That sounds like a win-win solution.”

John says he’s excited and is glad to see people out on the golf course again

“I’m pretty excited to get ready to roll I mean it’s just the whole attitude, brighten up everybody, they’re real happy,” he says.

It’s great to see people enjoying the outdoors again, but it’s important to note that the Governor wants everyone to still remain safe by washing your hands and social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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