MDHHS announces new order that will go into effect on Wednesday

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer provided an update on Sunday evening, announcing the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services emergency order for rallies and face blankets. The execution of the emergency order will be done through the local health services.

“We have a great personal responsibility here,” Governor Whitmer said, adding that she was asking people to understand the science behind the mandate.

“By following tonight’s order and advice, we can save thousands of people, keep our hospitals open, and avoid even more serious steps in the future,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said.

The ordinance, which comes into force on Wednesday, November 18 and lasts three weeks, maintains the obligation to wear face masks in indoor and outdoor places. The ordinance allows outdoor gatherings, families to reunite with another household, businesses to remain open when working from home is not possible, and keeps indoor public and commercial spaces open, including retail sales. retail, take-out restaurants, personal care services, gymnasiums and elementary education. The emergency order, however, shuts down domestic public enterprises, including restaurants, casinos, bowling alleys, sports stadiums and entertainment venues, including theaters and cinemas. The ordinance also suspends in-person learning in secondary schools.

As a result, the Michigan High School Athletic Association has suspended its fall activities of girls ‘volleyball, swimming and diving and girls’ soccer, as well as all winter practices scheduled for the next three weeks.

“We understand the need to act, and we will explore all options to complete our fall tournaments when the restrictions are lifted. We will evaluate everything over the next three weeks against fall and winter sports and come up with a plan that will keep us connected with our goal, for months, of having three seasons played to their conclusions, ”a said MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl.

Dr Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical director and deputy chief health director for the MDHHS, explained that the state currently has 980 total outbreaks, of which 200 are in education, of which 49% are associated with high schools.

“It’s preventable. This is what gives me hope. ”

Gov. Whitmer further urged the Michiganders to reconsider the rally for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, saying residents must make “short-term sacrifices for long-term gain.”

“I ask that we join forces again. As tough as the first few months have been on our state, the next few months are going to be more difficult, ”said Whitmer.

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