May 19 2020
Chamber launches “Safe Harbor” initiative - and face masks - as businesses reopen
As the business community prepares for reopening in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Harbor Springs Chamber is launching a “Safe Harbor” initiative, including the production of Safe Harbor face masks . This effort will be done for two reasons:

> Assuring our locals and summer residents that our businesses will open in a safe manner. The rest of the state will be watching us, and we need to set a good example!

> Providing details on how and when various businesses will be reopening or expanding their services. If your business is reopening, please let us know -. email the details by noon Wednesday to , and we will include the information in our regular weekly newsletter and on our social media pages.

As part of this initiative, the chamber is offering “Safe Harbor” face masks. Youcan show your support for the effort by purchasing the Safe Harbor masks for $5 each, ($5.30 including sales tax). There is a minimum order of 4 masks. They are reusable, washable, cotton masks and will be screen printed with SAFE HARBOR on the front, as seen in the photo above. Orders are being taken for one week only from now through May 26th. Allow 3 weeks for delivery. You will be able to pick up your masks at the Harbor Springs Chamber office on designated “curbside pick-up days” to be announced later. If you would like your masks to be mailed to you, there is a $10 fee.

Here's how you can support the #SafeHarbor effort (in addition to ordering masks and telling us how you are reopening safely):

  • Print and display this poster with reminders about how to stay safe.
  • Tag your social media posts with #SafeHarbor to help us promote this effort and assure our community that we are adopting safe procedures in our businesses.
  • Take this DDA survey to share your opinions on how to make our community as safe as possible while keeping our local economy intact.
  • Ask your followers to share how they support #SafeHarbor and let’s spread the message!

Let’s all have the best summer possible!
Businesses already on board with #SafeHarbor
Here are three examples of how our local businesses plan to open safely:

WALSTROM MARINE - We count ourselves lucky to be in a community full of fresh air, fresh water, and both year-round and seasonal residents who care deeply for it. Together is how we come out better on the other side and we at Walstrom Marine look forward to doing our part in providing a #safeharbor for everyone this spring and summer season. Visit us online at and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and additional information. Starting on Thursday, May 21, the fuel dock hours will be 9a-5p. We will be open 7 days a week. Details .

LYRIC THEATRE - Here are some of the new safety and sanitation procedures we will be implementing while maintaining the feel of the Lyric you are accustomed to:
  • All Guests and Volunteers will be required to wear masks, but they can be removed when eating concession items.
  • Exclusive use of the Main Street Box Office for ticket purchases & online ticket redemption. 
  • New - All Reserved Seating - Will incorporate social distancing in each of the three theater areas. Every other row closed & dynamic seat buffering between groups.
  • More.

TRUE NORTH GOLF CLUB - Our staff is dedicated to delivering an exceptionally clean and sanitary environment for all members and their guests in 2020. We have established the following policies and procedures to constitute our commitment to your health and safety. As you know this is a fluid environment and we will adjust as we learn more about the best industry practices in combating all potential threats to our members, guests and staff as we follow the CDC and state guidelines. Details .

> What #SafeHarbor steps is your business taking to open safely? Email so we can help you get the word out. 

> "Hi there! video from new Chamber Director Bonnie Kulp.

> The Harbor Springs City Council approved the Harbor Springs
Chamber Foundation's request Monday to proceed with Street Musique with social distancing modifications, on Thursday evenings starting July 2.

> Monday's Chamber newsletter on reopening Northern Michigan.

> Bridge Magazine : What to know about restaurants' partial reopening.
Chamber auction extended through Sunday after raising $24,000 for local businesses
The Shop & Support Harbor Springs Small Business online auction has been extended through Sunday, May 24, due to an overwhelming response that raised more than $24,000 for local businesses in two weeks.
Chamber members and any business with a Harbor Springs address may click here to add “Buy now” or auction items during this final week. You can support your favorite local business by purchasing a gift card, jewelry, pet items, or local services. Click here to see more than 160 items now available from more than 50 businesses.
The Harbor Springs Chamber launched the project to support businesses that have been closed or severely limited for the past two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

> P.S. The Northern Express thought our auction was pretty cool !
Thank you to our Auction Sponsors!
Support from these sponsors is covering all auction fees and credit card processing, so that 100% of all purchases are returned to participating businesses. Click the sponsor logos to visit their websites. If your business would like to help sponsor this effort, please email .