In Michigan's most recent executive order (as of today, 5/27/20), people are now permitted to leave their homes in order "to attend a social gathering of no more than 10 people."
As has been the case, people may also leave their homes in order "to engage in outdoor recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household."
So what does this mean for "paranormal investigators" in Michigan?
As for us, we will be returning with brand new investigation videos starting this Monday. But, as with everything, there will be added regulations and precautions in place.
In order to safely resume investigating in Michigan (and safety is, as always, the #1 priority), we will be implementing the following policies.
We strongly recommend you implement these guidelines as well as you resume investigating:
1. Prioritize Outdoor Locations
It should be a given, but it's worth noting: outdoor locations are far safer to investigate right now than an enclosed space. The more secluded the better.
With the weather getting nicer, this shouldn't impact many of our investigations. We always use the summertime to investigate the cemeteries, haunted roads, and other outdoor locations we've been itching to get to during the colder winter months.
2. Limit Touch Points
While at these outdoor locations, be mindful of touching points.
In other words: don't touch anything. If at a cemetery, don't touch any of the graves. Don't touch the gates. Don't touch the signs. Wash your hands before and after investigating.
3. Stay Local
While travel is allowed, excessive and unnecessary travel is discouraged. For example, the farther you travel, the more gas stations you'll have to stop at.
It's up to you to define what is and is not "excessive" travel, but we recommend staying semi-local for the time being (and not flocking to northern Michigan because it recently "opened up").
4. The Less Investigators, The Better
We've always had a rule in place of no more than 5 investigators at a time. It just makes investigating so much easier with few people, and logistically, only one car traveling to a location makes things more convenient.
In the days of social distancing, this policy is more important than ever. Note the recent executive order limits gatherings to 10 people. That is the maximum people you should allow on an investigation. We recommend no more than 4 or 5, because the fewer the better.
Plus, you'll likely capture better and potentially more evidence with less people and variables.
5. ALL Investigators MUST Maintain Proper Social Distancing
This should be common sense, but keep 6 feet from all investigators you don't live with.
6. If Investigating Indoors, Require Masks
If you MUST investigate in an enclosed space, a mask is REQUIRED.
7. Consider and Weigh the Risks of EVERY Investigation
Most importantly, please strongly consider and heavily weigh the risks of each and every investigation before heading out. Make sure you and all investigators are healthy and feel comfortable embarking on the investigation.
Safety is most important.