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14 changes going into effect today under Michigan’s new COVID-19 restrictions

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces tighter COVID-19 restrictions, starting Nov. 18

FILE - In this  Nov. 13, 2020, file photo, a "Face masks required" sign is displayed at a shopping center in Schaumburg, Ill. States in the U.S. are renewing their push for more federal money to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak and to help them distribute a vaccine when one becomes widely available sometime in 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2020, file photo, a "Face masks required" sign is displayed at a shopping center in Schaumburg, Ill. States in the U.S. are renewing their push for more federal money to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak and to help them distribute a vaccine when one becomes widely available sometime in 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan officials have implemented a new series of stricter COVID-19 regulations that will go into effect today.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Sunday that the new restrictions will be in effect from Wednesday (Nov. 18) through Dec. 8.

Here are 14 major changes:

  1. High school classes must now be conducted remotely.
  2. College classes must now be conducted remotely.
  3. Work must be done remotely, unless the job absolutely has to be done in person.
  4. Indoor dining is no longer allowed at bars and restaurants.
  5. Organized sports are no longer permitted, with the exception of professional sports and a select number of NCAA sports.
  6. Group fitness classes are no longer allowed.
  7. Theaters and movie theaters must close.
  8. Stadiums and arenas must close.
  9. Bowling alleys will be closed.
  10. Ice skating rinks will be closed.
  11. Indoor water parks will be closed.
  12. Bingo halls will be closed.
  13. Casinos will be closed.
  14. Arcades will be closed.

MDHHS issued the restrictions Sunday evening, and Whitmer held a press briefing to make the announcement.

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On Saturday, Michigan reported 7,072 new COVID-19 cases and 65 additional deaths, bringing the state totals up to 251,813 cases and 7,994 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Michigan reported a single-day record 8,516 new cases Friday.

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