Following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order banning restaurants from in-dining service and the limitation on the number of people allowed to gather, there are a lot of weekdays and weekends being disrupted for people and businesses.
For Grand Rapids, Van Andel Arena, the locally frequented Intersection, and other music venues that are closed until further notice. Names like Michael Buble and events like MonsterJam have been completely cancelled or rescheduled.
Butcher’s Union, Stella’s and a number of bars in Grand Rapids are also closed until further notice.
Thankfully one can still get essentials at Meijer and Aldi supermarkets who echo “some locations may have limited hours” on their websites. Locally, this means most are closing early for clean and restock, somewhere between 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. for Aldi and 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. for Meijer.
WZZM 13 put together a list of churches, schools and libraries in the GR area that will be partially or fully closed. MLive also put together a list of Grand Rapids City buildings that are closed for walk-in traffic.
People who haven’t finished their taxes can also still file with most tax professionals in the area like GR Income Tax Department, Sanchez Income Tax and Translation Services, and Clarity Tax Services.
The U.S. tax filing deadline has also been moved until July 15 if you prefer to stay at home. There are also some online options for those who want the best of both filing early and staying safe.
These aforementioned tax preparers remain operational but with social distancing protocols. Each is slightly different in their practice, but most are allowing one customer in the store at a time, increasing cleaning, and encouraging drop off and pick up of taxes.
Crucial gas stations remain open for business at least at Shell and Speedway.
Jimmy John’s sandwiches are only open until 4 p.m. in most places, 7 p.m. in others for those who are willing to roll the dice for a fix. The Jimmy John’s on Monroe Avenue is still doing in-shop orders, while the one on Monroe Center is just doing pick up and delivery.
Little Caesars on Wealthy is open for business as usual, possibly since they have no dine-in seating.
Most Walgreens locations across the U.S., have cut hours to 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., instead of 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. The 24-hour Walgreens at the intersection of Plainfield and 4 mile will close its doors at 9 p.m. as well, but the drive through will remain open 24 hours.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum, which normally is free to visit for GRCC students with their go pass, is also closed.
Nursing homes in the area are encouraging people to not visit unless necessary. Some have adopted a pre-visit screen that people need to pass asking things like “have you travelled internationally recently?”
Kent and Ottawa County parks and trails are still open. Bathrooms are not. Unfortunately, the playgrounds are also closed for now as part of the push to keep distance between park users.
An email from Ottawa County Parks and Recreation offered some advice on using the parks during this time : “Limit your group to under 10. Please do not congregate. Be aware that hard surfaces such as playground equipment, handrails, and benches are not disinfected. Wash your hands before and after visiting a park. Visitors should be conscientious of social distancing (staying 6-10 feet apart from others) while visiting parks, especially at busier ones such as Rosy Mound Natural Area, Olive Shores, and Grand Ravines. If you stop by one of these parks and the parking lot is over half full, consider exploring a new park. You can find all 40 properties here: miottawa.org/parks”