MI. Three Week Pause to slow COVID-19 begins Nov. 18

November 16, 2020





SUMMARY: Yesterday, to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an emergency order calling for a "three-week pause" of social and group activities. Taking effect on November 18, 2020 at 12:01 am, the emergency order:


  • Casinos, movie theaters, and group exercise classes
  • Colleges and high schools for in-person classes
  • Stadiums and arenas
  • Organized sports (professional and college sports are exempt)
  • Arcades, bingo halls, and bowling centers
  • Ice skating rinks and indoor water parks
  • Group fitness classes
  • Offices that can conduct business remotely


  • Indoor residential gatherings are limited to two households at any one time (10 person max)
  • Bars and restaurants will be open for outdoor dining, carry-out and delivery only
  • Fall high school championships are postponed
  • Winter high school sports are to be pushed back


  • Gyms will remain open for individual exercise
  • Outdoor dining and parks remain open
  • Shopping, public transit, and personal-care services are open with proper protocols
  • Manufacturing, construction, and work that cannot be done remotely
  • Small outdoor gatherings limited to 25 people
  • Funerals are permitted with a 25 person limit
  • Healthcare offices
  • Schools with preschool through 8th grade students can remain open for districts who have opted for in-person teaching
  • Childcare facilities 
  • Courts

The MDHHS emergency order can be viewed HERE.




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