Michigan imposes coronavirus restrictions on schools and restaurants
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) announced Sunday new restrictions designed to combat spiking COVID-19 cases — including suspending organized sports, halting in-person classes and closing restaurants and bars to indoor dining.
Why it matters: Whitmer said Michigan was in "the worst moment of this pandemic to date," after the state confirmed a record 44,019 people new cases and 416 more deaths in the past week.
"The situation has never been more dire. We are at the precipice and we need to take some action."— Whitmer's news conference remarks
- Under the emergency order, in-person K-8 schooling may continue "if it can be done with strong mitigation, including mask requirements, based on discussion between local health and school officials," per a state government statement.
- Indoor residential gatherings must be limited to two households at any one time, while outdoor gatherings will have 25-person maximum limit.
Of note: The restrictions will last through the Thanksgiving holiday and up to Dec. 8.
- "If you are considering spending Thanksgiving with people outside of your household, I urge you to reconsider," Whitmer said.
- "As hard as it is not seeing [family] this Thanksgiving, imagine how much harder it would be if you weren’t able to see them for a future holiday ever again."