Michigan Extends Mask Mandate and Other COVID Restrictions
Well, if you're pissed off because you've had to wear a mask over the past year or so, plan on being pissed off for another five weeks.
According to WNEM, Michigan has extended by five weeks a pandemic order that requires masks in public, limits capacity inside businesses and caps gathering sizes, as the state continues to confront the country's highest daily coronavirus infection rate.
Not only did the state extend the mask mandate by five weeks, but children ages 2-4 are now required to wear a mask at gatherings, daycare facilities, and camps. I can't imagine trying to get a 2-year-old to wear a mask and keep it on. Good luck with that parents.
Other COVID-19 restrictions that place a limit on how many people can be in restaurants and bars, entertainment venues, gyms, retail stores, stadiums and arenas, and gatherings were set to expire Monday. That order has now been extended through May 24.
That means that bars and restaurants can still only operate with 50% capacity (up to 100 people) and the 11 pm curfew is still in place.
Retail stores can operate at 50%.
Movie theaters, bowling alleys, casinos, and other entertainment venues are allowed to operate at 50%, up to only 300 people.
Gyms can operate at only 30%.
Outdoor stadiums and arenas can fill up to 20% of seating capacity.
As far as gatherings go, up to 15 people from no more than three households are allowed to gather in a home. You can visit with one other household of unvaccinated people without a mask as long as no one is considered high-risk.
Up to 50 people are allowed to gather for outdoor residential gatherings. Up to 25 people are allowed to gather for indoor non-residential gatherings and up to 300 people are allowed to gather for outdoor non-residential gatherings.
Obviously, masks are required for all of the above along with social distancing.