Executive Orders also revise workplace safeguards, reopen Detroit casinos

By Jennifer Gomori, MAPE Editor

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued two Executive Orders limiting indoor social gatherings to 10 people and closing bars for indoor service statewide. Workplace safeguards have also been revised and Detroit casinos may reopen at 15 percent capacity.

Beginning July 31, Executive Order 2020-160 limits any indoor gatherings of persons not from same household to 10 throughout the state. Outdoor gatherings remain limited to 100 for all areas except Regions 6 and 8, the Traverse City area and the Upper Peninsula, which is limited to 250 people gathering outdoors.

Bars in every region, including 6 and 8, must close for indoor service if they earn over 70 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages.

“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,” Whitmer said in a press release. “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 order also permits Detroit casinos to reopen Aug. 5 at 15 percent capacity with daily entry screening protocols, including temperature checks. Casinos must also provide social distancing between slot machines and staff must wear masks. Patrons must wear a face covering, except while eating or drinking or for identification purposes.

Executive Order 2020-161 revises workplace safeguards.

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