Indoor Service Restrictions Under Executive Order 2020-176 For Licensees In All Regions Of Michigan

Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-176, signed by Governor Whitmer on September 3, 2020, indoor service is prohibited for on-premises retailer liquor licensees that have gross receipts from the sale of alcohol that exceed 70% of their total gross receipts.

For information on the requirements to remain open for licensees that do not have gross receipts from the sale of alcohol that exceed 70%, please visit the Commission's Coronavirus Reopening Resources website by clicking here.

  • Executive Order 2020-160 applies to the licensed businesses in all eight (8) regions as defined in the Executive Order
Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6 Region 7 Region 8
Genesee Clare Allegan Alcona Clinton Alpena Hillsdale Alger
Lapeer Ionia Barry Arenac Eaton Antrim Jackson Baraga
Livingston Isabella Berrien Bay Gratiot Benzie Lenawee Chippewa
Macomb Kent Branch Gladwin Ingham Chalevoix   Delta
Monroe Lake Calhoun Huron Shiawassee Cheboygan   Dickinson
Oakland Mason Cass Iosco   Crawford   Gogebic
St. Clair Mecosta Kalamazoo Midland   Emmet   Houghton
Washtenaw Montcalm St. Joseph Ogemaw   Grand Traverse   Iron
Wayne Muskegon Van Buren Oscoda   Kalkaska   Keweenaw
  Newaygo Saginaw   Leelanau   Luce
  Osceola   Sanilac   Manistee   Mackinac
  Ottawa   Tuscola   Missaukee   Marquette
          Montmorency   Menominee
          Otsego   Ontonagon
          Presque Isle   Schoolcraft
  • Food service establishments, as defined in the Michigan Food Law, MCL 289.1107(t), that also hold an on-premises retailer license for the sale and service of alcoholic liquor on the licensed premises, must close for indoor service if they earn more than 70% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic liquor (beer, wine, mixed spirit drink products, or spirits).
  • Lottery Tickets - For purposes of calculating gross receipts, sales of lottery tickets do not count because they are remitted to the state, although commissions, incentives, bonuses and other payments from the Michigan Lottery do count.
  • On-premises retailer license types include:
    • Class C
    • Tavern
    • A-Hotel
    • B-Hotel
    • Brewpub
    • Club
    • G-1 or G-2
  • For purposes of determining the percentage of gross receipts from sale of alcoholic liquor, a licensee must use the following:
    • Gross receipts from 2019; or,
    • If the establishment was not in operation in 2019, gross receipts from the date the establishment opened in 2020.
  • If a licensee must close for indoor service because it exceeds the 70% gross receipts limit from the sale of alcohol, it may still offer outdoor service of alcohol to customers subject to the following:
    • The licensee has been approved for and issued permission for outdoor service by the Liquor Control Commission.  For more information on applying for outdoor service permission, please visit the Commission's Coronavirus Reopening Resources website by clicking here.
    • The licensee prohibits customers from entering inside the establishment, except to walk through in order to access the outdoor service area, to leave the establishment, or to use the restroom.
    • The licensee requires customers to wear face coverings while inside, except for customers who are unable medically to tolerage a face covering.
  • Definition of "Indoors" - The Frequently Asked Questions for Executive Order 2020-176 state that the definition of "indoors" means "...a space enclosed on fully or partially on the top and fully or partially on the sides.  Indoor spaces therefore include most buildings (including barns and garages), vehicles (including tour or party busses), and temporary structures (including tents or canopies with side walls or coverings)."

Dance Permits and Topless Activity Permits Temporarily Suspended

Dance Permits and Topless Activity Permits issued to licensees pursuant to MCL 436.1916 are temporarily suspended.  Combination Dance-Entertainment Permits and Topless Activity-Entertainment Permits issued under MCL 436.1916(5) are suspended to the extent they allow dancing or topless activity, but remain valid to the extent they allow other entertainment.

For addtional questions about this Executive Order, please refer to the State of Michigan Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions Website: