LANSING, Mich. – Govt of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer announced that the state is revising its COVID-19 order to resume high school classes in person, reopen some indoor entertainment venues, and allow outdoor sports and contactless fitness classes.
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The state is currently under a “break” which has imposed stricter regulations on COVID-19 on restaurants, schools and more, but this order was due to expire on Sunday (December 20).
Now, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released a revised version of the order, which will be in effect until January 15.
High school classes can return to school buildings starting Monday, Dec. 21, Whitmer said.
Indoor places where people can remain masked and socially distant – cinemas, stadiums, bowling alleys, casinos – can reopen without concessions of food or drink.
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The total capacity of those indoor venues will be capped at 100. Visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing, according to Whitmer.
Outdoor group fitness classes and non-contact outdoor sports are also allowed to resume, the state said.
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Gatherings on indoor rinks and roller rinks are not permitted except for individual exercise or individual instruction, where occupancy is limited to two people per 1,000 square feet, including the indoor space. exercise.
Gatherings on outdoor rinks and roller rinks are permitted, except for organized contact sports, provided occupancy is limited to two people per 1,000 square feet, including the exercise space.
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Gatherings for non-contact sports and free skating are only permitted on outdoor rinks.
Indoor residential gatherings are still limited to 10 people and two households. The MDHHS continues to urge families to avoid indoor gatherings or choose just one other household to interact with.
While the new order is in effect until Jan. 15, Whitmer said the state “will seriously consider” lifting the protocols sooner if the state makes substantial progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
“In recent weeks Michiganders across the state have stepped up and done their part to slow the spread of COVID-19, and through our collective hard work, we are now in a position to begin the steps to carefully lift some of the protocols we have. in place, ”Whitmer said. “I am encouraged by the progress we have made since early November and will continue to closely monitor the data during and after the holidays.
“One of the most important things the Michiganders can do right now is make a plan to get the vaccine safe and effective as soon as it’s available to you. And as always: Mask yourself, practice safe social distancing, and avoid indoor gatherings where COVID-19 can easily spread from person to person. We will eradicate this virus together. “
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“We have made progress in our fight against this pandemic, and it has been a historic week as we started to distribute life-saving vaccines,” said Dr Joneigh Khaldun, medical director and deputy director of health at MDHHS. “It is important that everyone continues to do their part. Start planning for when you will receive a vaccine when it becomes available and let’s avoid an increase in cases after the holidays by avoiding gatherings, wearing our masks and continuing to take social distances.
Since the restrictions went into effect on Nov. 18, Michigan has seen rates of cases, hospitalization and positivity drop dramatically, although the numbers are still higher than what health experts would like to see.
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