MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — To kick off it's 75th season, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry has announced that it will restart service on May 29.
The ferry transportation is considered an essential service for Mackinac Island, which is only accessible by boat or plane. Because of this, the ferry will remain open even if the stay-at-home order is extended.
Essential services can be open during the Michigan stay-home order that’s aimed at slowing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The order is currently set to expire on May 28.
“Two weeks from right now, we’re finally setting sail on our 75th season,” Shepler’s said in a Facebook post on Friday morning. “Now more than ever, we look forward to having you as our guest. Thanks to each and every one of you for your patience. Stay well, friends, and we really will see you soon.”
The first rides of 2020 will depart from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 29, per the company website.
Shepler’s said it will release more information next week about ticketing, new policies and “exciting changes.”
The safety and security of customers is the top priority as the company prepares to reopen, as Shepler’s will make “necessary adjustments” to maintenance and housekeeping in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In response to comments on Facebook, the company said guests are welcome to wear masks while on board.