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New COVID-19 emergency order: stricter rules for restaurants and gatherings

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New COVID-19 emergency order: stricter rules for restaurants and gatherings

Michigan health officials have issued a new COVID-19 emergency order that includes stricter regulations on restaurants and gathering limits.

Restaurants, bars and other indoor non-residential locations cannot allow more than six people at a table.

Anyone who enters restaurants and bars must give their name and phone number so officials can reach them if necessary for contact tracing.

Under the new order, no more than 50 people can gather indoors unless there is fixed seating. Facilities with fixed seating — such as sports arenas — are not affected by the new order.

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The state also published recommendations for indoor social gatherings, including Thanksgiving.

  • Get together outside whenever possible. You have up to 20 times higher risk of getting sick inside.
  • If you do get together inside, include no more than two households and 10 people.
  • Limit time inside together—greater duration is a greater risk.
  • Wear a mask – take it off when you eat or drink, then put it back on.
  • Keep six feet apart as much as you can.
  • When possible, keep voices down; high volume can increase COVID transmission by 30 times
  • Wash hands regularly and try not to share utensils.
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