Michigan’s ‘3-week pause’ COVID restrictions in effect: What to know

High schools, college classes closed to in-person learning, dine-in barred at restaurants, more

Entire state of Michigan in "E" risk level on Michigan Start Map.
Entire state of Michigan in "E" risk level on Michigan Start Map. (MDHHS)

Michigan has entered a three-week “pause” to several activities in an effort to help stop a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

UPDATE Dec. 7, 2020: These restrictions have been extended 12 more days -- 12 days beyond the expiration date of Dec. 8. This will keep existing measures in place through Dec. 20.

Under new restrictions issued Sunday evening by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), here’s what is closed starting Wednesday, Nov. 18 until Dec. 8 in Michigan.

Note: The map above shows the entire state of Michigan under what MDHHS calls risk “Level E” -- read that here.

What’s closed starting Wednesday, Nov. 18:

  • High schools (in-person learning)
  • Theaters, movie theaters, stadiums, arenas
  • Colleges and universities (in-person learning)
  • Bowling centers, ice skating rinks, indoor water parks
  • Work, when it can be done from home
  • Bingo halls, casinos, arcades
  • Dine-in restaurants and bars (indoor dining)
  • Group fitness classes
  • Personal services (salon, spa) that involve mask removal*
  • Organized sports, except professional sports and certain NCAA sports (Big Ten football, for example)

*For more information, view the MDHHS’ official Gatherings and Face Mask emergency order, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 18, right here.

What remains open during this three-week period:


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