Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Health and Safety Guidelines

We care about your health and safety.

We are very excited to welcome guests to Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse for the 2020 season. The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our primary concern. To ensure that everyone’s experience is enjoyable, all guests and staff must follow the following guidelines when visiting the lighthouse:

  • Please do not enter the site if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, are experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat right now, or have experienced symptoms such as a fever, lost of taste or smell, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever in the last 48 hours.
  • A face mask must be worn in all interior locations.
  • Please maintain a safe distance of at least six feet between your group and employees and other visitors near you.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations are located at key locations (see below). Please use them frequently.
  • Wash hands more frequently, avoid touching your face, and practice good respiratory etiquette including sneezing into your elbow.
  • The number of guests allowed inside some areas is limited (see below). Please follow guidelines posted at the entrance to each building.

Physical Distancing and Limited Contact: 

  • Please maintain at least six feet of distance between your group and staff or other groups.
  • Follow posted floor markings or signs to maintain safe social distance.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at admissions and sales counters.
  • We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance – tickets are available here.
  • The use of credit or debit cards is highly encouraged for purchases made on site for the most contactless experience.

Hand Sanitizer Locations:

  • Fog Signal Building
  • Inside the lighthouse at the Science and Technology Exhibit
  • Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum Entrance

Building and Site Capacity/Guidelines:

Fog Signal Building

  • Capacity: 15
  • A mask is required within the Fog Signal Building.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at the admissions counter.
  • Please follow the floor markings to maintain safe social distance.
  • An electronic site maps is available via a QR code at the admissions counter.
  • Displays have been consolidated or removed to allow for freer movement within the Fog Signal Building.

Lighthouse

  • Capacity: 25
  • Masks are required when inside the lighthouse.
  • Please maintain a safe distance of at least six feet from other groups or staff.
  • A one-way traffic flow has been developed inside the house. Guests will enter the reception room (location of the original Fresnel lens), have access to the period settings and upstairs gallery, then exit back outside and reenter in the next room to the right, allowing access to the Science and Technology exhibit and gallery.
  • Tower tours have been suspended for the 2020 season.  An alternate program will be presented in the Barn.
  • Dress-up clothes in the lighthouse have been removed for the 2020 season.
  • Additional demonstrations of the Fog Signal Whistle have been added to the daily schedule.

Barn

  • Capacity: 10
  • A mask is required when inside the Barn.
  • Seating has been rearranged to allow for social distancing when inside the barn. Please maintain a social distance of six feet from other groups and staff.
  • A tour of the lighthouse tower will alternate with the feature Shipwrecks of the Straits.

Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum

  • Capacity: 10
  • A mask is required within the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum.
  • Please maintain a safe social distance of least six feet from other groups or staff.

Cleaning Schedule:

In addition to regular, frequent sanitizing of admissions and sales counters, exhibits, and restrooms, we have outlined a more detailed cleaning schedule for Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

Fog Signal Building

Members of the guest services staff will be equipped with cleaning supplies at their stations and will regularly sanitize their work station and surrounding area. In addition:

  • A complete cleaning/disinfecting will be completed by park janitorial staff daily prior to opening.
  • Common touch points disinfected every hour on top of regular cleaning. This includes doors, counters, handrails, credit card machines, etc.
  • Park Operations will conduct a more thorough disinfecting in the early afternoon.

Within the grounds

Members of the guest services staff and interpretive staff will be equipped with cleaning supplies and will have a regular cleaning schedule within the lighthouse. In addition:

  • A complete cleaning/disinfecting will be completed by park janitorial staff daily prior to opening
  • Common touch points disinfected every hour on top of regular cleaning.
  • Park Operations will conduct a more thorough disinfecting in the afternoon

Restrooms

There are no restrooms within the grounds of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. The nearest facilities are located in adjacent Michilimackinac State Park, also managed by Mackinac State Historic Parks. Push plates and door handles will additionally be sanitized during regular cleaning of the site.

  • Restrooms will be cleaned, disinfected and sanitized at least four times a day.
    • Prior to opening for a deep clean/disinfect/sanitize
    • Late Morning – All touch points, faucets, soap dispensers as well as regular upkeep
    • Early Afternoon – Temporarily closed for complete cleaning/disinfecting
    • Late Afternoon/early evening – All touch points, faucets, soap dispensers as well as regular upkeep
  • Where appropriate doors will be pinned open to limit contact.
  • Cleaning done by Park Operation janitorial staff
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