New MDHHS Order Limits Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings for Three Weeks

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHSS) issued a new emergency order Nov. 15 that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities to curb the rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates.

The order takes effect Nov. 18 and is not a blanket stay-home action.

Under this order, indoor residential gatherings are limited to two households at any time. However, MDHHS strongly urges families to pick a single other household to interact with over the next three weeks, consistent with new guidance released by the department.

The order is aimed at limiting residential and non-residential gatherings where COVID-19 spreads rapidly.

  • Bars and restaurants will be open for outdoor dining, carry-out, and delivery only.
  • Gyms will remain open for individual exercise with strict safety measures in place, however, group fitness classes are not permitted.
  • Casinos, movie theaters, and group exercise classes will be closed.
  • Professional and college sports meeting extraordinary standards for risk mitigation may continue without spectators, however, all other organized sports must stop.
  • Colleges and high schools may proceed with remote learning but must end in-person classes.

The order leaves open work that cannot be performed from home, including for manufacturing, construction, and health occupations.

Outdoor gatherings, outdoor dining, and parks remain open. Individualized activities with distancing and face masks are still allowed including:

  • retail shopping;
  • public transit;
  • restaurant takeout;
  • personal care services such as haircuts by appointment, and
  • individualized exercise at a gym, with extra spacing between machines.

Help is available

The attorneys at O’Reilly Rancilio are available to answer your questions regarding business, employment, and municipal law in the COVID-19 era. For information, call 586-726-1000 or visit our website.

Categories: Covid 19