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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Epidemic Order Effective MARCH 5, 2021 at 12:01am (Through April 19, 2021 at 11:59pm)

  • Face coverings are required at all licensed businesses, with very limited exceptions as stated in the MDHHS Epidemic Order.  A licensee may not presume that a person is excluded from the mask-wearing requirement.
  • Retail Stores - Reduced occupancy of 50% of the total occupancy limits established by the State Fire Marshal or local fire marshal for licensed retail store businesses, such as convenience stores, grocery stores, liquor stores, and gas stations.
  • Food Service Establishments - For licensed food service establishment businesses that sell alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises, such as restaurants, bars, hotels, manufacturer tasting rooms, and clubs:
    • Face masks are required of all patrons (unless exempted by the Order), except when eating and drinking while seated at a table.
    • Consumption of food or beverages is permitted only in a designated dining area:
      • Patrons must be seated at a table, booth, or group of fixed seats for service.
      • No more than six (6) patrons seated together at a table, booth, or group of fixed seats.
      • Groups of patrons must be separated by at least six (6) feet.
      • Groups of patrons must not intermingle.
    • Patrons are not permitted to gather in common areas in which people can congregate, dance, or otherwise mingle.
    • In the event that an employee of a food service establishment is confirmed positive for COVID-19 or shows symptoms of COVID-19 while at work, a gathering at that food service establishment is prohibited until the food service establishment has been deep cleaned consistent with Food and Drug Administration and CDC guidance.
    • At establishments offering indoor dining: 
      • The number of patrons indoors does not exceed 50% of normal seating capacity, or 100 persons, whichever is less.
      • Food service establishments must close indoor dining between the hours of 11:00pm and 4:00am.
      • The venue displays, in a prominent location, the MDHHS “Dining During COVID-19” brochure (click here to download).
    • All dine-in food service establishments must maintain accurate records of the names and phone numbers of patrons who purchase food for consumption on the premises and the date and time of entry.
  • Special License Events - Organizations issued a Special License for an event through April 19, 2021 are subject to the provisions of the Epidemic Order:
    • Indoor gatherings are prohibited at residential venues, except where there are no more than 15 people present from no more than 3 households.
    • Indoor gatherings are prohibited at non-residential venues except where there are no more than 25 people present.
    • Outdoor gatherings are allowed under the following conditions:
      • At an outdoor residential venue, no more than 50 people are gathered.
      • At an outdoor non-residential venue, no more than 300 people are gathered.

"Indoors" is defined in section 1(l) of the epidemic order: “Indoors” means within a space that is fully or partially enclosed on the top, and fully or partially enclosed on two or more contiguous sides. Additionally, in a space that is fully or partially enclosed on the top, and fully or partially enclosed on two non-contiguous sides, any part of that space that is more than 8 feet from an open side is indoors.

Local Health Department Orders

Please note that local health departments may also have their own Coronavirus-related order in place.  Licensees should contact the health department that covers the area where they are located to confirm if additional restrictions have been ordered at the local level.  A list of contact information for local health departments may be found on the MDHHS website by clicking here.

MIOSHA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Rules
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has issued emergency workplace administrative rules related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for employers related to safety of their employees.  Information on these rules may be found at the MIOSHA website.