Gov. Whitmer reduces indoor gathering limit, orders indoor bar services to close

Posted at 7:52 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 20:36:24-04

LANSING (WXYZ) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a revision to the MI Safe Start Plan, which will now limit the allowed number of people at indoor gatherings to no more than 10 people. Additionally, bars will be closed for indoor service across the state, including in Regions 6 and 8, under certain guidelines.

RELATED: Michigan enters phase 4 of MI Safe Start reopening plan

Whitmer signed the amended order Wednesday evening and it goes into effect July 31. The outdoor gathering limits remain at 250 in Regions 6 and 8, with a 100 person limit for the rest of the state.

The revised order also includes updated workplace safeguards.

“As we see COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Michiganders cannot afford to drop our guard. We must take every step possible to save lives, protect the brave men and women on the front lines, and avoid overwhelming our health care system while we continue to combat COVID-19,” Whitmer said in a statement. “After seeing a resurgence in cases connected to social gatherings across the state, we must further limit gatherings for the health of our community and economy. By taking these strong actions, we will be better positioned to get our children back into classrooms and avoid a potentially devastating second wave.”

The rollback is due to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases as of late, and is in an effort to control an expected super-spreading of the virus due to large social gatherings. This follows several recent cases of breakouts across metro Detroit and even in Lansing.

Executive Order 2020-160 also orders that bars in every region, including those in regions 6 and 8, must close for indoor service if they earn more than 70% of their gross receipts from sales of alcoholic beverages, a release states.

Under this new order, casinos are also allowed to partially reopen on Aug. 5, with limited 15 percent capacity.

Read the full orders below.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Michigan, a timeline of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Southeast Michigan, and links to more information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the WHO.

View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.

Visit our The Rebound Detroit, a place where we are working to help people impacted financially from the coronavirus. We have all the information on everything available to help you through this crisis and how to access it.