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November 17 2020

November 18 MDHHS Gatherings and Face Mask Order

By: Regina M. Gilmour

In her first Sunday press conference since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Governor Whitmer announced new COVID-related restrictions imposed by a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (“MDHHS”) order (the “Order”).  The restrictions are unsurprising given the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan and the impending holiday season.  The Order will take effect Wednesday, November 18th and will remain in place until December 8th. 

Key Changes

The Order imposes some familiar restrictions on Michiganders.  In-person instruction for high schools and colleges is suspended—with the exception of special education and English Language Learner classes—as are high school athletics and indoor dine-in service at restaurants and bars.  Some businesses, including movie theaters, bowling alleys, and casinos, will be closed.  Although gyms are permitted to remain open for individual exercise, group exercise classes are prohibited. 

Importantly, residential indoor gatherings are now limited to “no more than 10 persons from no more than 2 households,” unlike the previous MDHHS order which imposed no household limit on residential gatherings. 

Additionally, the Order specifically states that information collected for contact tracing purposes must not be bought or sold without the express permission of patrons. 

Maintaining the Status Quo

Workplaces and offices are not subject to any additional restrictions and remote work is still required to the extent it can feasibly be completed remotely.  Hair and nail salons are also permitted to remain open to the extent that the services performed do not require the removal of a mask. 

Contact Us

For additional information about the most recent MDHHS order or any other COVID-19 procedures, contact Regina Gilmour.