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Fitness Centers, Bowling Alleys Get Reopening Date

September 3, 2020

Updated September 4, 2020.

Today Governor Whitmer issued EO 2020-175 and EO 2020-176 authorizing the following to reopen with strict safety measures:

  • Fitness centers and pools can reopen at 25% capacity and masks will be required at all times (except in swimming pools)
  • Bowling alleys, roller rinks, and ice rinks may be open for the sole purpose of serving as a venue for organized sports.

Noticeably absent from today’s EO: movie theaters and only indoor entertainment establishments.

EO 2020-176 also changes the calculation bars must use in order to determine percentage of sales not from alcohol to not include lottery tickets:

Food service establishments, as defined in section 1107(t) of the Michigan Food Law, 2000 PA 92, as amended, MCL 289.1107(t), that hold on-premises retailer licenses to sell alcoholic beverages must close for indoor service if they earn more than 70% of their gross receipts from sales of alcoholic beverages (for purposes of calculating gross receipts, sales of lottery tickets do not count because they are remitted to the state, although commissions, incentives, bonuses and other payments from the Michigan Lottery do count).

Under Executive Order 2020-175, all gyms and pools that reopen must enforce strict safety measures. Gyms must require wearing of masks at all times, including times of exercise, configure workout stations or implement protocols to enable six feet of distance between individuals during exercise sessions, reduce class sizes to enable at least six feet of separation between individuals, provide equipment-cleaning products throughout the gym, and more.  

Spectators for indoor organized sports are limited to the guests of the athletes with each athlete designating up to two guests. For outdoor sports competitions, the organizer of the competitions must either limit the audience to the guests of the participants with each athlete designating up to two guests, or limit total attendance to 100 people or fewer, including all participants like athletes, coaches, and staff.  For indoor organized sports, sports organizers must ensure that no concessions are sold at the venue.

Additionally, Regions 6 & 8 had a recent change regarding remote work. EO 162 states that work that can be done remotely should in Regions 6 & 8, whereas work that can be done remotely must in Regions 1 – 5 and 7.

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