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State of Michigan Extends Closures Until December 20

December 7, 2020

Today, Governor Whitmer and MDHHS Director Robert Gordon issued an extension of the ‘three-week pause’ for 12 more days.

The MDHHS also issued guidance on the three metrics that will be used to determine when this pause may end, including hospital capacity, overall case rate and percent positivity. When these metrics improve, re-openings will be considered for: high schools, theaters, casinos, auditoriums, stadiums, bowling, arcades, bingo, without concessions. SBAM is working to understand specifics regarding these metrics.

Under today’s order, MDHHS continues to urge families to avoid indoor gatherings, and only two households may gather inside, with strict protocols recommended. Individuals should wear masks consistently whenever they are inside with individuals not in their household, and are recommended to pick only a small group to see regularly. Bars and restaurants must remain closed for dine-in service, but can remain open for outdoor dining, carry-out and delivery. Gyms are open for individual exercise with mandatory masking and additional strict safety measures. Casinos, movie theaters and group exercise classes remain closed. Professional and college sports meeting extraordinary standards for risk mitigation may continue without spectators. Colleges, universities and high schools will continue with remote learning, with no in-person classes.

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