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Executive Order to Impose Restrictions in Regions 6 & 8

July 29, 2020

Governor Whitmer has released two Executive Orders, creating new restrictions in Regions 6 & 8 that mirror other Regions, and enforcing work-from-home requirements.

  • Limiting indoor gatherings to 10 or fewer
  • Closing indoor service at bars with more than 70% of sales from alcohol

Additionally, all workers who are able to work remote must, according to the order. This is a verbiage change from previous versions where it was advised workers should work from home.

From the Governor’s Office:

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-160 and Executive Order 2020-161, amending Michigan’s Safe Start Order and issuing revised workplace safeguards. Under the Safe Start Order, starting July 31, 2020, statewide indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people and bars will be closed for indoor service across the state, including in Regions 6 and 8.   

COVID-19’s resurgence is closely associated with super-spreading events at large social gatherings, often attended by young people. An outbreak at a Lansing bar has resulted in 187 infections; more than 50 cases have been linked to a single house party in Saline; and a sandbar party at Torch Lake over the July 4 weekend led to at least 43 confirmed cases. Therefore, Executive Order 2020-160 limits statewide indoor gatherings to 10 people or less and, across most of the state, limits outdoor gatherings to 100. (The outdoor gathering limits will remain at 250 in Regions 6 and 8.)  

Executive Order 2020-160 also orders that bars in every region, including those in regions 6 and 8, must close for indoor service if they earn more than 70% of their gross receipts from sales of alcoholic beverages.  

Under the governor’s orders, Detroit casinos will also be allowed to open on August 5, but their occupancy will be limited to 15% capacity. Casinos must also, among other things, conduct a daily entry screening protocol for customers and employees, temperature screening. Casinos must require patrons to wear a face covering, except while eating or drinking or for identification purposes. 

The Thursday edition of The Small Business Briefing covers and explains the EO’s in more details. Watch it here.

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