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Governor Whitmer Announces ‘3-week pause’

By Alondra Rosas Ornelas | Latinx Flint Media

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A guide from the state depicting what is allowed and not allowed during the 3-week epidemic pause. 

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FLINT, Michigan- Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced new Covid-19 restrictions last night Sunday, November 15th. The 3-week epidemic order is not a stay-at action like in the spring, rather it is aimed at restricting indoor social gatherings and group activities in efforts to slow down the rapid increase in cases. 

Starting on Nov. 18th, casinos, movie theaters, and group exercise classes will be closed. High schools and colleges must end in-person classes and may continue with remote learning. Bars and restaurants can only offer takeout, delivery, and outdoor-dining. Indoor water parks, ice rinks, and bowling alleys will be closed as well. 

Retail businesses, public transit, and personal care services such as hair salons will remain open. Gyms may remain open for individual exercise with strict safety measures put in place. Professional and college sports can continue with no spectators. K-8 schooling and child care will remain open with strict safety mitigations set in place. Any work that is impossible to do remotely will also remain open.

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“In the spring, we listened to public health experts, stomped the curve, and saved thousands of lives together. Now, we must channel that same energy and join forces again to protect our families, frontline workers and small businesses,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Right now, there are thousands of cases a day and hundreds of deaths a week in Michigan, and the number is growing. If we don’t act now, thousands more will die, and our hospitals will continue to be overwhelmed. We can get through this together by listening to health experts once again and taking action right now to slow the spread of this deadly virus.”

During the press conference, the MDHHS recommends only socializing with one other family during this 3-week period. Indoor gatherings can have no more than 10 people and no more than two households. Outdoor gatherings can have up to 25 people, including funerals. It is important to keep these new restrictions in mind as the holiday season approaches. 

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