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Michigan Gov. Whitmer will allow casinos to reopen at 15 percent capacity

Indoor gatherings limited to 10 people

LANSING, Mich. – Detroit casinos will be allowed to open on Aug. 5 with limited capacity.

Their occupancy will be limited to 15 percent capacity. This is after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-160 and Executive Order 2020-161 this week, amending Michigan’s Safe Start Order and issuing revised workplace safeguards amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Starting on July 31, statewide indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people and bars will be closed for indoor service across the state. That includes in Regions 6 and 8.

Earlier this month, Whitmer ordered establishments with on-premises retailer liquor licenses that earn more than 70 percent of their gross receipts from alcohol sales to shut down their indoor bar services until further notice.

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“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,” Whitmer said. “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.”

An outbreak at a Lansing bar resulted in 187 infections and more than 50 cases have been linked to a house party in Saline. A sandbar party at Torch Lake over the Fourth of July weekend led to at least 43 confirmed cases.

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Under the order, outdoor gatherings are limited to 100. The outdoor gathering limits will remain at 250 in Regions 6 and 8.

Executive Order 2020-160 also orders that bars in every region, including those in regions 6 and 8, must close for indoor service if they earn more than 70 percent of their gross receipts from sales of alcoholic beverages.

Detroit casinos will be allowed to open on Aug. 5. Their occupancy will be limited to 15 percent capacity. Casinos will also be required to conduct a daily entry screening protocol for customers and employees.

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Understanding the regions:

  • Region 1 includes the following counties: Monroe, Washtenaw, Livingston, Genesee, Lapeer, Saint Clair, Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne.
  • Region 2 includes the following counties: Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, Muskegon, Montcalm, Ottawa, Kent, and Ionia.
  • Region 3 includes the following counties: Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, Saint Joseph, and Branch.
  • Region 4 includes the following counties: Oscoda, Alcona, Ogemaw, Iosco, Gladwin, Arenac, Midland, Bay, Saginaw, Tuscola, Sanilac, and Huron.
  • Region 5 includes the following counties: Gratiot, Clinton, Shiawassee, Eaton, and Ingham.
  • Region 6 includes the following counties: Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, and Emmet.
  • Region 7 includes the following counties: Hillsdale, Lenawee, and Jackson.
  • Region 8 includes the following counties: Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw, Iron, Baraga, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee, Delta, Alger, Schoolcraft, Luce, Mackinac, and Chippewa.

Read more: Here’s how all 83 Michigan counties are divided into regions in Gov. Whitmer’s reopening plan

The eight regions in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's plan to reopen Michigan.
The eight regions in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's plan to reopen Michigan. (WDIV)

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