By Morgan D. Schut and Jack F. Petroskey

On Sunday evening, Governor Whitmer announced new restrictions limiting gatherings at high schools, colleges and restaurants to address a severe increase in positive cases of and hospitalizations from COVID-19. Every region in Michigan has been deemed ‘at-risk’.

The restrictions, imposed through a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) order, will take effect Wednesday, November 18, 2020 and will last until December 8, 2020.

The new restrictions will temporarily prohibit in-person instruction at high schools and colleges, indoor dine-in service at restaurants and bars, and high school athletics. Certain businesses, including movie theaters, bowling alleys, casinos and group fitness classes at gyms, will also be forced to close during this 3-week time.

Pre-school through 8th grade classes may remain open, as well as non-essential, personal care businesses including hair salons, barber shops, childcare facilities, gyms and pools. Workplaces such as offices continue to be governed by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Association Order from October 14, 2020.

The Order reinforced the face mask mandate in all settings outside a person’s household, with limited exceptions.

The Order also imposes a new restriction on social gatherings, limiting them to “10 people or two-households.” The Order requests Michiganders to create their own “pods” of social circles, with a maximum of 10 people or two households per each pod. During her press conference, Governor Whitmer implored families who intended to gather in person for Thanksgiving to reconsider in-person gatherings for the holidays in light of the new data and new restrictions.

If you have any questions regarding the new MDHHS order, please contact Kemp Klein.

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