Q: Why were the baskets removed from the City’s disc golf courses?
A: The City decided to remove the baskets from the disc golf courses after the Governor issued Executive Order 2020-42 (EO 2020-42) on April 9. EO 2020-42 rescinded Executive Order 2020-21 (EO 2020-21) effective on April 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM. The exception for outdoor physical activity in EO 2020-42 is more restrictive and specific than EO 2020-21.
- EO 2020-21: To engage in outdoor activity, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household.
- EO 2020-42: To engage in outdoor physical activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household. Outdoor physical activity includes walking, hiking, running, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, or other similar physical activity, as well as any comparable activity for those with limited mobility.
Golf courses were not allowed to stay open after EO 2020-21 was issued and the City determined disc golf is more similar to golf than the outdoor physical activity allowed by EO 2020-42. Accordingly, the City decided to temporarily remove the baskets from the City’s disc golf courses. We encourage community members to engage in other forms of outdoor physical activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household.
Lawn and Yard Maintenance
The most up-to-date guidance is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus. At the time of this writing, the guidance provided by the State is as follows:
Q: May landscaping, lawncare, tree service, irrigation, and related outdoor maintenance companies operate under this order?
A: In nearly all cases, no. A business cannot designate workers to perform these services unless the service is necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of a residence. This is a narrow exception that only permits in-person work that is strictly necessary to address a circumstance that immediately and genuinely impairs the habitability of a home during the emergency; the exception will be satisfied, at most, rarely. Routine concerns, such as about longer grass increasing insects, pests, or allergies, do not qualify. Nor can workers leave the home to perform these services at business facilities: the exception applies only to residences. Any necessary in-person work that is permitted under the order must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures required under section 10 of the order. The order does not prohibit homeowners from tending to their own yards as they see fit.
Under normal circumstances, the owner, occupant, or any person having control or management of any premises in the City of Troy is required to cut grass and weeds on the premises to a height that is eight (8) inches or less. Failure to do so may result in the issuance of a Municipal Civil Infraction Notice or Citation under the City’s Code of Ordinances. Additionally, the City or its agent may enter onto the premises between May 1 and November 1 to cut grass and/or weeds. However, the City will not enforce these provisions until after normal operations resume.
In the meantime, mowing your own lawn and/or mowing the lawn of a neighbor is permissible as long as you adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), including remaining at least six feet from people from outside your household. We ask everyone to use good judgment to slow the spread of COVD-19 and exercise patience until normal operations resume.
Yard Waste Collection
On April 10, The Oakland Press reported yard waste collection was being halted in dozens of Oakland County communities. This report was based on an announcement from one contractor, GFL Environmental, which serves nearly two dozen Oakland County communities. GFL Environmental announced it was halting yard waste collection, effective April 13, in order to redirect work crews to collecting refuse. Read the full Oakland Press article here.
Nature Center Trails
Q: Why are the Nature Center trails open?
A: Executive Order 2020-42 allows individuals to leave their home or place of residence and travel as necessary to engage in outdoor physical activity. Outdoor physical activity includes walking, hiking, running, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, or other similar physical activity, as well as any comparable activity for those with limited mobility. All individuals who leave their home or place of residence must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.
The State Nature Center interpretive building is closed and will remain closed while the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Orders (EO 2020-21 and 2020-42) are in effect. The climbing rocks located on the front lawn of the building are also closed pursuant to Oakland County Emergency Order (2020-3) closing children’s playground equipment. The trails are open to the public from dawn to dusk daily.