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Michigan COVID-19 Rule Changes: Restaurants and More

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Michigan has announced many changes to its COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday, including new rules for restaurants, gyms, stadiums, retail shops, and gatherings.

Michigan COVID-19 Revised Restrictions

On Tuesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced the revised restrictions.

On Friday, March 5th, and lasting until April 19th, the following changes will go into effect.

Michigan Indoor Dining at Bars, Restaurants

According to the state, Michigan restaurants and bars will be allowed to fill up to 50% capacity, with a maximum of 100 people. In the past, restaurants had previously been capped at 25% capacity.

In fact, the indoor dining curfew has been pushing back from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Yet, there are still parties limiting to six people per table. Moreover, all tables have to be at least six feet apart, Whitmer said. In fact, customers must still wear masks when they’re not seated at their tables.

Michigan Retail, Libraries, and Museums

Up until Friday, retail shops and businesses had been capping at 30% capacity. Now, they will be able to operate at 50% capacity.

In fact, the same rules are in effect for other services that include libraries and museums.

Moreover, spaces for indoor dining, such as food courts, do have to comply with the requirements for restaurants.

Michigan Nursing Homes

There is more good news for families and their elderly loved ones. Visitation at nursing homes will now be allowing, Whitmer said.

“We know that this virus has taken a disproportionate toll on our seniors, and the isolation and the time away from their family members,” Whitmer added. This incredibly distressing for both parties. Seniors especially need that interaction to show love and affection. Not to mention have company! Hello!

“With loved ones in long-term care facilities, apart from having been taxing on everyone,” Whitmer said.

Personal Care Services

Allowed by appointment only are gatherings for personal care services, such as haircuts, nail appointments, tanning, massages, spas, tattoos, body art, and piercings.

Masks have to be worn at all times during these appointments. That is unless a customer is receiving medical or personal care that requires a mask to be removing.

Entertainment Venues

With a maximum of 300 people, entertainment venues are allowing to fill up to 50% capacity, according to the state.

Individuals or groups of up to 25 people can visit these venues. In fact, everyone has to wear a face mask at all times. That is unless they are eating or drinking while seated in a designated area. Moreover, eating or drinking in those areas is only allowing in groups of six people. Therefore, the groups must be at least six feet apart.

Stadiums and Arenas

With a maximum seating capacity of 10,000 people or fewer, sports stadiums and arenas can allow up to 375 fans.

More than 10,000 people can have up to 750 fans in attendance at those same venues that have maximum seating capacity.

Gyms and Exercise Facilities

Operating up to 30% capacity is what Michigan gyms can have. Though at workout stations they have to remain at least six feet apart.

For indoors and outdoor gatherings for individual exercise, group classes, and group or individual instruction, officials said.

Ice, Roller Rinks

10 people per 1,000 square feet, there are capacity limits for ice and roller rinks. According to the state, this equates to about 175 people for a typically sized rink.

Contact Sports

Wearing a mask, contact sports can be playing and one can be proceeding with practice and competition. This decision went into effect on February 8th.

Gatherings in Public

Whitmer has announced that indoor gatherings of people from different households at places like banquet halls can now reach up to 25 people.

Moreover, small public gatherings had in fact previously been banned.

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