WATCH: Gov. Whitmer announces '3-week pause' for the state; here's what's open & closed

Posted at 2:45 PM, Nov 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-15 16:52:37-05

(WXYZ) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a news conference Sunday evening regarding COVID-19 restrictions.


Whitmer was joined by MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun and MDHHS Dir. Robert Gordon. They joined together to address ongoing efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The governor announced a "Three-Week-Pause" to curb the spread.

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During these three weeks, which are between Nov. 18 and Dec. 8, the state will mandate that these operations be closed:

  • in-person learning at high schools, colleges and universities
  • theaters, stadiums and arenas
  • All who are able to work from home will be required to do just that
  • dine-in restaurants and bars
  • organized sports, except professional sports
  • bowling centers, ice skating, indoor water parks
  • bingo halls, casinos, arcades
  • group fitness classes

Here is what is still open:

  • Hair salons, barber shops & other personal services
  • Gyms and pools for individual exercise
  • Retail stores
  • Indoor gatherings limited to two households & 10 people
  • Small outdoor gatherings limited to 25 people
  • Preschool through 8th grade
  • Childcare
  • Public transit
  • Manufacturing, construction, other work impossible to do remotely

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The state has seen an upward trend in cases, with record single-day numbers. On Saturday, the state reported 7,072 new positive virus cases and 65 more deaths. On Friday, the state reached it's highest single-day record to date with 8,516 new coronavirus cases reported.

State leaders are also weighing in on new restrictions.

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In the last five days, between Nov. 9 and 13, there were 35,009 cases of COVID-19 and the daily record was broken three times.

Also, more than 1/4 (about 27%) of the total cases since the pandemic began have come since the beginning of November.

In one month, from Oct. 13 to Nov. 13, hospitalizations in Michigan increased 232%. There were 999 total hospitalizations on Oct.13 and 3,320 hospitalizations on Nov. 13.

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