COVID-19 | July 31
Effective as of 12:01am on July 31, 2020 per Executive Orders 2020-160  and  2020-161 , statewide indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people and bars will be closed for indoor service across the state, including in Regions 6 and 8. These orders will amend Michigan’s Safe Start Order and issue revised workplace safeguards.

What are indoor gatherings?
Per order 2020-160 section 7(a) (emphasis added): “If it is indoors, the gathering or event does not exceed 10 people […]”

What is not an indoor gathering?
Section 7(b): Subsection (a) does not apply to the incidental gathering of persons in
a shared space, including an airport, bus station, factory floor, restaurant, shopping mall, public pool, or workplace.

How do I determine if my bar must shut down indoor bar operations?
Order 2020-160 affects (emphasis added):

5. Bars. Food service establishments, as defined in section 1107(t) of the Michigan Food Law, 2000 PA 92, as amended, MCL 289.1107(t), that hold on-premises retailer licenses to sell alcoholic beverages must close for indoor service if they earn more than 70% of their gross receipts from sales of alcoholic beverages.

(a) Food service establishments that are closed for indoor service but open for outdoor service must prohibit patrons from entering the establishment, except to walk through in order to access the outdoor area, to leave the establishment, or
to use the restroom.

(b) For purposes of calculating its percentage of gross receipts from sales of alcoholic beverages under section 1, a food service establishment must use:

(1) Gross receipts from 2019; or
(2) If the establishment was not in operation in 2019, gross receipts from the date the establishment opened in 2020.”

Other Important Changes
Per order 2020-160 under section 8(b), outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people may be held, with precautions in place. Those precautions include:

(1) The gathering or event is designed to ensure that persons not part of the same household maintain six feet of distance from one another;
(2) Persons not part of the same household maintain six feet of distance from one another;

Additionally, per order 2020-160 under section 1, remote work that can be performed remotely, must be performed remotely.

All businesses must now follow safety protocol  outlined in order 2020-161


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The Michigan summer of 2020 is HOT! This extreme hot weather causes your cooling equipment to run longer and this increase in usage will have an impact on your energy bill. Here are some tips to help you save on your energy costs.


  • Programmable thermostats - Consider increasing the temperature to 78 degrees, or any higher-than-normal temperature you are comfortable with, when your business is closed, or you are away, allowing you to save on cooling costs. If you are going to be away for an extended period, set the temperature even higher or shut it off for optimum energy efficiency and cost savings.

  • Change that filter - Check heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) filters monthly, especially during the summer. If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every three months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool, wasting energy.

  • Close unoccupied rooms Close off rooms, floors or entire wings if they are not essential. You’ll be able to cut back lighting and HVAC usage, reducing your bills even further.

  • Grocers and convenience stores At grocery stores, refrigeration is the biggest electricity drain by far, accounting for almost 80% of consumption. Keep the doors to your cold storage units shut as much as possible. Repeated fluctuations in temperature can also damage food quality and lead to inventory waste. Equipment such as computers, bar-code readers, deli scales and deli cooking equipment can be shut down when idle.

  • Restaurants Ovens tend to be more efficient than rotisseries, and griddles more than broilers. Examine your cooking methods and menu to find ways to utilize your energy-efficient appliances more frequently. Add strip curtains and automatic door closers to your walk-in refrigerator. Inexpensive and easy to install, strip curtains can cut outside air infiltration by about 75%. Use dishwashers only when full to conserve energy, water and detergent.

  • Manufacturing facilities Identify motors that are operating unnecessarily and shut them down. This could be as simple as ceiling fans running in unoccupied spaces or as complicated as cooling tower fans still running after target temperatures have been met. Install a simple solenoid valve so that equipment can be turned off when it is no longer using compressed air.

  • Programs and Rebates Take advantage of DTE cash-back incentives that can reduce up-front costs and maximize your savings. Plus, you may qualify for low- and no-interest loans from the Michigan Saves program, which helps make energy efficiency upgrades affordable. For more money saving tips and programs to help lower your energy usage and your bill especially during the hot summer months, visit 
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