Indoor Gatherings in Michigan Now Limited to 50 People Or Less
Following a spike in cases of COVID-19 across the state of Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have tightened restrictions on indoor gatherings, dine-in restaurants, and more.
The Traverse City region of the state has also been moved back a phase in the state's reopening plan as cases in the region have doubled in recent weeks.
WOOD-TV 8 reports that indoor event venues without fixed seating must limit gatherings to 50 people or less (previously that number was 500). Restaurants and bars must seat no more than six people at a table.
Additionally, all dine-in restaurants and bars will have to keep customers’ names and phone numbers for contact-tracing purposes, beginning Monday, November 2.
Since the pandemic began, more than 167,000 Michiganders have been infected with COVID-19. Those cases have thus far resulted in over 7,000 deaths.
WZZM-13 reports that the state has noted that indoor venues are as much as 20 times more likely to drive COVID-19 outbreaks than outdoor venues.
Face mask requirements have also been made stricter, and the state outlines the restrictions here.