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MDHHS Issues New Restrictions with a “Three Week Pause” Effective Nov. 18, 2020

November 15, 2020

Tonight Governor Whitmer and MDHHS Director Robert Gordon issued new restrictions, effective Wednesday, November 18, 2020. These rules are expected to remain in effect for three weeks.

FAQs on gathering sizes, outdoors vs. indoors, masks, etc:,9753,7-406-98178_98455-543915–,00.html

  • Dine-in service at bars and restaurants is prohibited (outdoor dining is allowed)
    • Q: What forms of dining are permitted under the order? Outdoor dining at a food service establishment is permitted. Additionally, a single household may dine inside an igloo, hut, or other small, enclosed space without violating the order, provided that employees enter fleetingly or not at all.
    • Q: How is “indoors” defined for the purposes of this order? As used in the order, “indoors” means within a space enclosed fully or partially on the top, and enclosed fully or partially on more than one side. Indoor spaces therefore include most buildings (such as barns and garages), vehicles (such as buses and trains), and temporary structures (including tents or canopies with side walls or coverings, unless open on three sides).
  • Retail store capacity is capped at 30%
  • In-person work is only allowed when doing that work remotely is not possible
  • Theaters, movie theaters, stadiums, arcades, bowling centers, ice skating rinks and indoor water parks must close
  • Group fitness classes are prohibited
  • Indoor gatherings are still limited to 10 people, but only two households are permitted to gather
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people
  • Funerals are limited to 25 people
  • High schools, colleges and universities must move to distance learning; high school sports are suspended

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