Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: As of July 7, officials in Michigan, US, have reimposed certain business restrictions in parts of the state due to COVID-19 activity.

  • Alert Begins: 07 Jul 2020 12:29 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 22 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Michigan (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions

Summary
As of July 7, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued orders reimposing certain business restrictions in parts of the state, to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Much of the state, except the Traverse City and Upper Peninsula regions, will remain on Phase 4 of the state's economic recovery plan until further notice. The new restrictions order the closure of indoor service at bars in all regions that remain in Phase 4; bars can continue offering outdoor and delivery services in those areas.

Additionally, under Phase 4 of the state's economic recovery plan, indoor gatherings of up to 10 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted. All retail stores may open at 25 percent capacity, and restaurants and cafes may offer indoor and outdoor dining services, limiting the number of customers within their premises to 50 percent. Barbershops and hair salons may also operate. Day and overnight camps, outdoor pools, museums, and libraries can also operate. Gyms and fitness centers must remain closed but may provide outdoor training sessions. Outdoor parks and recreational facilities, and office-based businesses may also open. Auto dealerships, nonurgent medical procedures, manufacturing, construction, and real estate companies can also open. Professional sports teams may also resume activities.

Since June 10, counties in the Traverse City and Upper Peninsula regions are in Phase 5 of the state's economic recovery plan. Under Phase 5, indoor gatherings and events of up to 50 people are allowed, while outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people are permitted. Outdoor performances and sporting events can allow up to 500 people if social distancing measures are in place. Gyms, personal care businesses, movie theaters, and other indoor entertainment venues can also reopen. Indoor service at bars can continue. The counties on Phase 5 are:

 

  • Antrim, Alpena, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Wexford, Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft.

 


Statewide, residents are instructed to maintain a proper distance from others whenever they are in public and to wear a protective face covering when they enter an enclosed public space. Employees are urged to work from home whenever possible. Employers must comply with specific social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) mandates, along with enhanced sanitation and health screening procedures, among other things.

Business disruptions remain likely. Officials could amend the orders on short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Advice
Heed the directives of the authorities. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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