Michigan’s revised COVID restrictions in effect now through Jan. 15
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an updated epidemic order on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 with COVID-19 pandemic restrictions for businesses and activities. Read in-depth: Here’s everything that’s reopening under Michigan’s revised COVID-19 orderThe MDHHS said this order takes effect Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., at which time the Dec. 7, 2020, order entitled Gatherings and Face Mask Order is rescinded. The order remains in effect through Jan. 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Here is a look at the new order, which keeps dine-in service closed at Michigan restaurants but will allow high schools to return to in-person learning starting Dec. 21:Coronavirus resources:
Michigan health officials issue new COVID restrictions through Jan. 15
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an updated epidemic order on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 with COVID-19 pandemic restrictions for businesses and activities. The MDHHS said this order takes effect on Dec. 21, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., at which time the Dec. 7, 2020, order entitled Gatherings and Face Mask Order is rescinded. The order remains in effect through Jan. 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Here is a look at the new order, which keeps dine-in service closed at Michigan restaurants but will allow high schools to return to in-person learning starting Dec. 21:Coronavirus resources:
539K signatures submitted to repeal Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers
Coincidentally, the court's action emerged on the same day that Whitmer's foes submitted more than 539,000 signatures in a bid to repeal the '45 law. The state health department, for instance, previously issued orders mirroring some of the governor's restrictions. The Supreme Court said the '45 public safety law cited by Whitmer granted Michigan governors unchecked authority. Unlock Michigan, which collected petitions for an initiative to rescind the ‘45 law, said the law still needs to be repealed. “A different court, at a different time, could come to a different conclusion,” said Unlock Michigan spokesman Fred Wszolek.
Virginia governor, wife test positive for coronavirus
Ralph Northam announced Friday that he and his wife have both tested positive for the coronavirus, though he said he is showing no symptoms. He's among four governors around the country who have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, but one of the others turned out to be a false positive. The governor and first lady were notified Wednesday that a member of the Executive Mansion staff developed COVID-19 symptoms and that the staff member's virus test came back positive. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, announced he’d tested positive. Kevin Stitt in July became the first governor to announce he’d tested positive.
Whitmer, Cuomo call for federal investigation into Trump’s pandemic response
Gretchen Whitmer and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a joint statement this week calling for a Congressional oversight investigation into the Trump administration’s pandemic response. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)The Democratic governors are accusing President Trump and his Republican administration of politicizing their response to the coronavirus pandemic. The unprecedented and unacceptable scale of this tragedy is the direct result of President Trump and the federal government’s deceit, political self-dealing, and incompetence. In New York, Cuomo issued similar restaurant, school and public gathering mandates.
Whitmer signs directive to strengthen enforcement of Michigan COVID-19 orders
Gretchen Whitmer is working to make sure her executive orders issued in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are being enforced. Enforcement of my executive orders is a key part of ensuring that the resumption of activities does not contribute to the spread of this virus. “This includes any violation of relevant COVID-19 executive orders or epidemic orders. UPDATED: Tracking Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) testing dataMichigan masks orderNew rules about masks took effect July 13 in Michigan. No shirts, no shoes, no mask—no service,” Whitmer’s order statement reads.
Coronavirus in Michigan: What to know June 8, 2020
For the rest of the state, restaurants can reopen to dine-in service Monday. Outdoor crowds of up to 100 people are allowed, effective immediately, Whitmer said. In-home services such as house cleaning are also permitted immediately, Whitmer said. Gyms, hair salons, tattoo parlors and casinos will remain closed because they require close contact with customers, Whitmer said. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 58,870 as of Sunday afternoon, including 5,656 deaths, state officials report.
Michigan coronavirus timeline: Key dates, COVID-19 case tracking, state orders
Michigan Coronavirus TimelineFeb. 28, 2020: Michigan Gov. March 14, 2020: Michigan COVID-19 cases break the 30 mark. March 28, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases total 4,650: The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 4,650 as of Saturday, including 111 deaths. April 24, 2020: Michigan Gov. Tracking coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Michigan:Question about coronavirus?