COVID-19 Update - 9/30/2020

To Our Guests:

As we in Michigan are all acutely aware of the ongoing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on our lives, we want to share with you the steps we are taking at the Coopersville & Marne Railway to help protect the health and safety of our Guests and Staff, which is always our top priority.  As of September 30, the Coopersville and Marne Railway is announcing some limited resumption of trains.  For the safety of both our passengers as well as our volunteers, many of whom are in an elevated risk category, these trains will operate differently than our normal operations, with additional safety measures in place.  As part of our reopening, we are instituting the following changes:
We are limited to 50% (or less) of our normal capacity.
Tickets will be 100% electronic.  You will be e-mailed tickets which you will need to show our staff to be able to ride the train.
Our station (as well as all offices) will be closed.  If you want to buy tickets, you will need to do it via either our website or over the phone.
When you and your family arrive, before you are allowed to board, you will be required to stop by our Covid check-in station where we will need to check your temperature and monitor for any symptoms of Covid.  If anyone in your family has a temperature indicative of an infection or appears likely to be infected, you will not be allowed to board.
Seating will be spaced out from each other, and your family will be assigned seats in the car.
Passengers and volunteers will be required to wear masks and/or face coverings.  Exceptions will be allowed for children under 5 years old and those with a medical condition.
Several of our trains have been canceled for health and safety reasons.
We’re closely monitoring local and national reports on the evolving impact of COVID-19 and, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). We have developed plans which will allow us to respond timely and appropriately.

If you have purchased tickets for departures that have been canceled, please contact our ticket office at Reservations@mitrain.net for an exchange or refund. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  Again, the health and safety of our customers and associates are our top priority and we're committed to doing our part to help keep you safe.

Community mitigation strategies are crucial to slowing the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Michigan. These strategies provide essential protections to individuals at risk of severe illness and to health care and other critical infrastructure workforces. Preventing a sudden, sharp increase in the number of people infected with COVID-19 will help minimize disruptions to daily life and limit the demand on health care providers and facilities.

We are urging everyone to follow the MDHHS guidelines to prevent the spread of the infection:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
Avoid contact with people who are sick
If you have respiratory symptoms, STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK. Call your health care provider’s office in advance of your visit.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
We feel deeply for those who have been affected. Thankfully, as of now, we’re not aware of any volunteer contracting COVID-19, however, we have implemented guidelines that instruct any volunteer who may develop symptoms, or who come into contact with infected individuals, to stay home and follow the MDHHS’s instructions.

The most up-to-date guidance on these and other mitigation strategies are available at www.Michigan.gov/coronavirus. This matter is rapidly evolving and MDHHS may provide updated guidance.

Thank you,
Coopersville & Marne Railway Board of Directors.