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State expands gathering, capacity limits as COVID-19 cases plateau

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 2, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is expanding business capacities and increasing residential and non-residential gatherings as COVID-19 positive case numbers plateau in Michigan.

Effective March 5 through April 19, indoor residential gatherings can increase to 15 people from three households or 50 outdoors. Non-residential gatherings increase to 25 indoors, allowing public meetings and other small indoor gatherings. Non-residential outdoor gatherings increase to a 300-person limit.

The changes come as overall case rates  in the state have declined for the past six weeks. As of March 2,  there were 91.2 cases per million with a positivity rate at 3.7 percent, which increased from the prior week of 3.5 percent. The case and positivity rates are similar to the beginning of October 2020. Hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients is at 3.9 percent, down from a peak of 19.6 percent Dec. 4, 2020.

Capacity has increased at the following venues:

  • Restaurants and bars – 50% capacity up to 100 people with 11 p.m. curfew. Tables must be six feet apart with up to six people per table.
  • Indoor entertainment venues – 50% capacity, up to 300 people.
  • Exercise facilities – 30% capacity with restrictions on distancing and mask requirements.
  • Retail – 50% capacity.
  • Casinos – 30% capacity.
  • Indoor stadiums and arenas – a maximum of 375 persons if seating capacity is under 10,000 or up to 750 if seating capacity is over 10,000.
  • Outdoor entertainment and recreational facilities may host up to 1,000 patrons.

Other venues and activities where participants have close physical contact and are not consistently masked remain closed, such as water parks. Employees who can work from home should continue to do so, while those with jobs that cannot be done at home can continue to go to work.

For the complete March 2, 2021 Gatherings and Mask Order, please click on the link below.


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