(Wednesday - January 13, 2021) - Robert Gordon,
Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services,
(pictured above) announced on Wednesday that the restriction on indoor
restaurant dining will be extended until at least January 31st.
The announcement was made in conjunction with Michigan Governor Gretchen
Whitmer, and the Chief Medical Executive of the MDHHS, Dr. Joneigh
The earlier order, which was scheduled to expire on
Friday, January 15, has been extended until January 31. Restaurants are
not allowed to open for indoor dining and entertainment venues canít
offer concessions during that time, Gordon said.
"The efforts we
have made together to protect our families, frontline workers and small
business owners are working," Whitmer said. "While there has been a
slight uptick in our percent positivity rate, our cases per million have
plateaued and more hospital beds are becoming available. Today, we are
confident that MDHHS can lift some of the protocols that were previously
Some restrictions have been modified
As part of the extension, indoor group exercise and non-contact
sports are permitted, starting January 16, Gordon said.
Activities where Michiganders can wear masks and maintain social
distancing are allowed, he said.
This change was made because
Michigan has seen a decline across all three major COVID-19 metrics --
case rate, percent positivity and hospitalizations -- since the order
was first put into effect in November. Those numbers are beginning to
plateau, however, which is a concern since theyíre still nowhere near
where medical experts would like, despite the decline.
reopening cautiously because caution is working to save lives," Gordon
said. "The new order allows group exercise and non-contact sports,
always with masks and social distancing, because in the winter itís not
as easy to get out and exercise and physical activity is important for
physical and mental health. We are glad that we made it through the
holidays without a big increase in numbers, but there are also worrying
signs in the new numbers."
Contact sports remain
prohibited under the extended order.
The Governor said
the State hopes to permit resumption of indoor dining at restaurants in
Indoor residential gatherings remain limited to 10
people and two households. MDHHS continues to urge families to avoid
indoor gatherings or to pick a single other household to interact with
consistent with guidance already released by the department.
Tuesday, the state of Michigan reported 1,994 new confirmed cases of
COVID-19 and 100 additional deaths. Overall, the state has identified
525,612 cases of the virus and 13,501 deaths since the start of the