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Governor reopens movie theaters, performance and other venues

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 29, 2020


Executive Orders expand gathering limits, require face coverings for K-5 students

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer amended the MI Safe Start Executive Order to reopen movie theaters, performance and other venues across the state and increased gathering limits effective Oct. 9. She also issued an order requiring face coverings be worn by K-5 students in classrooms.

Business slated to reopen include: indoor theaters, cinemas, performance venues, arcades, bingo halls, bowling centers, indoor climbing facilities, trampoline parks, and more under Executive Order 2020-183.

This order also boosts gathering limits in Phase 4 as follows: Increases from a limit of 10 people, non-residential indoor gatherings and events to 20 people per 1,000 square feet or 20 percent of fixed seating capacity, up to 500 people in the state’s largest venues. Face coverings are required at non-residential indoor venues. The 100-person limit for non-residential outdoor gatherings expands to 30 people per 1,000 square feet or 30 percent of fixed seating capacity, with a 1,000-person limit.

In Regions 6 and 8, non-residential indoor venues are limited to 25 people per 1,000 square feet or 25 percent of fixed seating capacity, with no more than 500 people in the regions’ largest venues. All regions are subject to the same rules covered in the revised MI Safe Start order.

Executive Order 2020-184 updates previous workplace safeguards to reflect the changes in the MI Safe Start Order.

Executive Order 2020-185 requires all students in grades kindergarten and up in Regions 1-5 and 7 to wear face coverings in classrooms. Previous orders had only recommended a face covering for K-5 students.

Click on the links below for the complete Executive Orders.


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