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COVID Safety Information

COVID update

As an outdoor event, there should be more than enough space to allow for social distancing at the US 12 Garage Sale. With the help of all participants (Vendors and Attendees), this event will go on while protecting the safety and health of everyone.

For the safety of all participants, it is your responsibility to follow state and local guidelines that are in place on August 12th -14th.


Why is this an important event?

In addition to providing beautiful scenery, fun and enjoyment, the US 12 Garage Sale takes place along primarily rural areas along US 12. Many of the people who host garage sales depend on this event to earn additional income.  It also has provided a significant positive economic impact to many hotels, motels, campgrounds, restaurants, and other retail businesses along the route. This year more than ever these businesses desperately need the revenue generated during the US 12 Garage Sale.

Frequent Updates

With less than 75 days until the US 12 Garage Sale there will most likely be changes to the current state and local health and safety guidelines.  Links and information for the state of Michigan and each of the counties are provided below.

State and County Health Departments: (East to West)


Face Mask Requirements

If you haven’t gotten vaccinated, or you or your child aren’t fully two weeks out from your final COVID shot, then you should keep wearing your mask in most indoor settings and in some outdoor areas, too. That’s especially true in a crowd, including outdoor concerts or sporting events.


Recommendations for Vendors

Practice social distancing by doing the following:

  • Place posters encouraging social distancing for customers to see upon arrival and while shopping.
  • Set up tables and chairs within 6 feet apart.
  • Use heavy-duty tape to form a flow for customers to follow throughout the sale.
  • Ask customers to stand in a line, while spread apart, during a high traffic times.

Clean all tables and chairs several times throughout the day.

  • Make sure all merchandise is washed and dried and/or wiped down with a disinfectant product before placing on a table or chair for sale.
  • Wipe down all tables and chairs using disinfectant at the end of the day or in the morning before the next day of the sale starts.
  • Wear masks and disposable gloves at all times during the sale if you aren't vaccinated.
  • Have hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol on tables and other places for customers to use

Download and Print Signs

Social Distance Poster Printable 

social distancing poster printable


CDC Poster Printable



Recommendations for Attendees:

  • Bring your own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes.
  • Wear your mask when around others at all sales if you are unvaccinated. 
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Cover Coughs and Sneezes - Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet from another person.
  • Be patient and polite and respect the requirements of each vendor.
This page last updated on 7/8/2022.

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