COVID-19 Response

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The BCHA is committed to providing our guests with the best possible experience and so long as we are open, we ask that all guests follow the COVID-19 protocols listed below.  Guests that fail to follow these rules will be asked to leave for the safety of our staff and other visitors.  If you have questions about these policies, please contact us.  

Please note that due to the unpredictable nature of this disease, this policy can and will change in accordance to community health concerns and governor’s orders.

This information is current as of 5-16-2021.

The BCHA will allow the max amount of visitors in the following buildings.  Groups larger than the sizes below for non-Courthouse buildings will be allowed to enter the buildings as usual:

    • 1839 Courthouse, 50 people (including programs)
    • Sheriff’s Residence, 10 people
    • Bennett’s Forge, 5 people
    • Murdock Cabin, 5 people

We are still requiring masks for daily and program visitors who are inside the building.  See Programming for additional rules

Guests who appear sick will be turned away for the safety of our guests and staff.

The BCHA will return to their normal 10a to 5p schedule beginning June 2nd, 2021.

Hand sanitizer stations are located inside the Courthouse and the Sheriff’s Residence and bathrooms are located inside the lower level of the Courthouse.

Bennett’s Forge and Murdock Cabin are pass-through only at this time and we ask that guests not linger there.

As of May 14th, the BCHA staff is fully vaccinated but will continue to wear masks around guests to ensure comfort and safety for everyone.

Programming COVID-19 Rules

Masks are required for programs that are held inside the 1839 Courthouse.  The more intimate nature of programs mean that guests will be around more people than they would under normal visitor times and the mask mandate is to provide a sense of safety for individuals who have not yet been vaccinated or have health issues that make them susceptible to illness.

Outdoor events with adequate social distancing will not require masks, but if those guests enter the building they will need to put one on.

Outdoor events that cannot provide adequate social distancing will still occur but masks will  be highly suggested.

Please remain in your groups to help us keep social distancing possible.

Refreshments for programs, if offered, will be limited to bottled beverages and pre-packaged items to ensure the safety of our guests and staff will pass this out to reduce transmission opportunities.  This may change as the CDC and the MI Department of HHS