MAC COVID-19 Update
Whitmer tightens entertainment, social restrictions; allows Detroit casinos to open

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tightened restrictions on social and entertainment activity in Northern Michigan today in response to rising caseloads of COVID-19 in Michigan.

Beginning July 31, Executive Orders 160 and 161 direct that:

  • Bars that rely on alcohol sales for 70 percent or more of revenue are closed to indoor service.
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people.

These changes apply statewide, including to Regions 6 and 8 (the Upper Peninsula and 17 counties in the Northern Lower Peninsula), which have been operating with fewer restrictions for several weeks. The changes bring those regions into alignment with rules imposed on other regions in the southern parts of Michigan.

The executive orders consolidate and update a variety of existing executive orders, and it does expand activities in one area: the three casinos in the city of Detroit can reopen, but only to 15 percent of capacity.

Look for more reporting on these orders in this Friday's Legislative Update.
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