Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed two executive orders on July 29 closing bars that receive more than 70% of their gross income from alcohol, including in regions six and eight that previously were not included in this closure.
Regions six and eight are located in the northern Lower Peninsula and the entire Upper Peninsula.
The orders also limit indoor gatherings to 10 people.
The outdoor gathering limit remains at 250 people for regions six and eight and 100 people for the remainder of the state.
“As we see COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Michiganders cannot afford to drop our guard. We must take every step possible to save lives, protect the brave men and women on the front lines, and avoid overwhelming our healthcare system while we continue to combat COVID-19,” said Gov. Whitmer. “After seeing a resurgence in cases connected to social gatherings across the state, we must further limit gatherings for the health of our community and economy. By taking these strong actions, we will be better positioned to get our children back into classrooms and avoid a potentially devastating second wave.”
Additionally, Detroit casinos will be allowed to reopen, but only at 15% capacity beginning Aug. 5. Casinos must also screen customers and employees for COVID-19 symptoms and fever.
Any violations of the executive orders could result in civil fines up to $1,000 and referral to licensing agencies.
“Michigan’s efforts to suppress the virus have reduced Michigan’s infection rate from among the highest in the country to a rate similar to the national average," MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said. “However, case counts have recently trended upward, from fewer than 100 cases per day in mid-June, to between 500 and 1,000 per day in recent days. We must remain vigilant in our response to this ongoing threat and take all appropriate measures to reduce its impact.”
Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox issued the following statement:
“It has become clear that Governor Whitmer has her sights set on the VP nomination and is willing to do or say whatever it takes to make it happen. For months, she sat back and blamed federal and state Republican leaders for her own administration’s shortcomings, and has enacted hundreds of executive orders to capture the attention of the Biden Campaign. Yet just like the 2019 budget, ‘fixing the damn roads’, auto insurance reform, or the state’s COVID-19 response, Whitmer will likely fail at this too – and at the cost of so many Michiganders. For once I wish the governor would realize the real-life consequences her thirst for political advancement has for the people of our state.”