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State lifts some restrictions as COVID-19 cases trend downward

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: December 18, 2020

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

With coronavirus cases trending downward for three weeks, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has relaxed some restrictions in the epidemic emergency order. Effective Dec. 21, high school in-person learning may resume, some indoor entertainment venues may reopen, and non-contact outdoor sports and fitness classes are allowed.

Under the revised order, which remains in effect through Jan. 15, 2021, casinos, bowling centers, movie theaters, theatres, bingo halls, and arcades may reopen with restrictions. No more than six people from the same household may gather at these locations, which require individuals not from the same household to wear masks and socially distance. No food or drink concessions are allowed and the maximum capacity is capped at 100 people.

Individual exercise is permitted at roller and ice rinks with occupancy limited to two people per 1,000 square feet. A maximum of 250 people are allowed at non-contact sporting events inside stadiums and arenas.

Indoor dining at restaurants and bars remains closed as well as indoor sports and contact sports, except for professional sports. Indoor residential gatherings are still limited to two households and a maximum of 10 people. Individuals continue to be required to work from home when possible. Also closed are: indoor group fitness classes, night clubs, trampoline parks and water parks.

Health Director Robert Gordon said colleges and universities were asked to continue to keep students off campus through mid-January.

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