Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: As of Sept. 9, officials in Michigan, US, have eased some business and gathering restrictions statewide due to COVID-19 activity.

Alert Begins 09 Sep 2020 03:21 PM UTC
Alert Expires 10 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Michigan (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions

As of Sept. 9, authorities in Michigan, US, have eased some business restrictions due to a decrease in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Other restrictions remain in place.

Under the new guidelines, gyms and pools may open statewide as long as they maintain strict safety measures; organized sports practices and competitions may also resume. All patrons and employees in gyms must wear a facemask at all times and stand at least 1.8 meters (six feet) apart. For indoor sports competitions, only two spectators per guest are allowed; for outdoor competitions, event organizers must limit attendance to two spectators per athlete with a maximum of 100 people.

Otherwise, restrictions will remain unchanged. Most of the state, except the Traverse City and Upper Peninsula regions, continue on Phase 4 of the state's economic recovery plan until further notice. Under Phase 4 of the state's economic recovery plan, retail stores may open at 25-percent capacity, and restaurants and cafes may offer indoor and outdoor dining services at 50-percent capacity. Indoor services at bars must close statewide, and indoor gatherings of more than ten people will be banned. Outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed. Casinos in Detroit may reopen but is limited to 15-percent capacity. Barbershops and hair salons, 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. Other indoor entertainment venues also remain closed. Outdoor parks and recreational facilities and office-based businesses may also open. Auto dealerships, non-urgent medical procedures, manufacturing, construction, and real estate companies can also open. Professional sports teams may also resume activities.

As of Sept. 9, counties in the Traverse City and Upper Peninsula regions are in Phase 5 of the state's economic recovery plan. Under Phase 5, 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. 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.

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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