COVID-19 Update: The Department of Health Expands Upon its Prior Order
- Capacity and gathering restrictions for certain venues and establishments (returning to prior rules that were in place);
- Worker protections (returning to many prior rules that were in place):
- Food service establishment rules (expanded more to reflect prior rules);
- Contact tracing rules for certain establishments and venues (returning to prior rules that were in place); and
- Stronger penalty language.
Definition of “gathering”: Anytime two or more people from multiple households are in the same space beyond incidental gatherings (such as at an airport, factory floor, restaurant, mall, pool, or workplace).
Indoor gatherings at a residence: Up to 10 people allowed (face coverings strongly recommended).
Indoor gatherings at a non-residential venue: Up to 10 people allowed plus wear a face covering. Indoor gatherings of more than 10 to up to 500 people occurring at a nonresidential venue are permitted only to the extent that the organizers and venue:
- If fixed seating, limit attendance to 20% of seating capacity (25% of seating capacity are permitted in Region 6).***
- If no fixed seating, limit attendance to 20 people per 1,000 square feet in each room (25 people in Region 6).
- Require that everyone wear a face covering.
Outdoor gatherings at a residence: Up to 100 people (face coverings recommended).
Outdoor gatherings at a non-residential venue: Up to 100 people plus wear a face covering.
- If fixed seating, 100 to 1,000 people allowed if organizers and venue limit attendance to 30% of seating capacity.
- If no fixed seating, limit attendance to 30 persons per 1,000 square feet (including within each event space).
- Require everyone wear a face covering.
Six-Feet Distancing: Anyone hosting gatherings must ensure that non-household members maintain 6-feet of distancing and design the gathering to encourage this distancing.
*** Region 6 consists of the following counties: Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, and Emmet.
- If gatherings are strictly necessary to perform job duties, then maintain 6-feet of distancing where practicable (except Region 6);
- Wear a face covering if cannot maintain 6-feet of distancing
- Wear face coverings in shared spaces (such as restrooms, conference rooms, hallways).
- the employee is advised by a health professional they may return or
- 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without meds AND 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared or since a test with a positive result AND other symptoms have improved.
- Younger than 5 (and per CDC, children under 2 should not wear a mask), except as outlined for child care settings;
- Who cannot medically tolerate a face covering;
- Eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment;
- Exercising outdoors and able to consistently maintain 6 feet of social distancing;
- Receiving a service for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary;
- Asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;
- Communicating with someone who is deaf/deafblind/hard of hearing and ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;
- Actively engaged in a public safety role and wearing a mask would seriously interfere in the performance of public safety responsibilities;
- At a polling place for purposes of voting in an election;
- Officiating or engaging in a religious service;
- Giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience, provided that the audience is at least six feet from the speaker.
RESTAURANTS/FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS
closeProhibit gatherings in indoor common areas where people can congregate, dance, or otherwise mingle;
- Maintain 6-feet of distancing between each party;
- Limit seating to 50% of capacity;
rohibit indoor gatheringsIf alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption onsite, parties must be seated and separated from one another by at least 6 feet and not intermingle;
- Customers not seated must wait outside if seating is unavailable;
- If an employee is confirmed positive for COVID-19 or shows symptoms while at work, the food service establishment cannot have any gatherings until a deep cleaning has occurred.
- Athletes wear a face covering (except when swimming) or consistently maintain 6 feet of social distance (except for occasional and fleeting moments). Even if an athlete has a medical issue, a face covering is required.
- Follow DHHS guidance for playing a sport safely.
- Limit live audience up to 2 guests per athlete or comply with gathering and face covering requirements above.
- Indoor organized sports: no concessions may be sold.
- Professional sports teams and professional athletes may engage in professional sports, provided that: (1) a COVID-19 safety plan is followed that is consistent with CDC guidance and DHHS; and (2) 6-feet distancing is maintained to extent possible for the sport.
- Barbers, cosmetology providers, body art services, tanning, massage, and personal care services.
- Sports and entertainment facilities, except outdoor, unticketed sporting events.
- Gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, exercise facilities, exercise studios, bowling alleys, roller rinks, ice rinks.