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Mackinac Island looking at a late start to tourist season

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The end of April usually marks the start of the tourist season on Mackinac island. But because of the coronavirus, many island businesses this year won’t be opening up until late May.

Officials say almost all the businesses on the island have decided to open together with a tentative date of May 22.

Todd Callewaert owns seven businesses on Mackinac Island. He says that is a flexible date depending on how COVID-19 progresses in Michigan.

“We’re in it together on the island and we want to make sure that everyone is safe on the island when they come here. We aren’t going to open too early and have us shutdown again. We are going to err on the safe side.”

Callewaert says he is already doubtful they will be able to open in May and is already making plans for a June opening.

“It’s a very fluid situation as of right now, we have a tentative open date of May 22. I highly doubt that will happen. We are looking more towards in June as a more realistic time.”

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