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Guidance on Essential Workforce

​Indoor Dining Reopens February 1; Caution and Focus on Enhanced Ventilation Recommended Concessions and personal services also allowed under new MDHHS epidemic order

January 22, 2021

Following last week’s announcement about the plan to reopen indoor dining, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released its next epidemic order today, which continues the department’s fact-based approach to reopening activities, and goes into effect on Monday, Feb. 1. The order will allow for indoor dining at restaurants with certain requirements; concessions at casinos, movie theaters and stadiums; personal services requiring mask removal; and non-residential gatherings of up to 10 people from two households. The new order will last three weeks, until Sunday, Feb. 21.

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​MDHHS issues three-week epidemic order to save lives, protect frontline heroes during fall COVID-19 surge

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new emergency order today that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates.

The order, takes effect Wednesday, Nov. 18, is not a blanket stay-home action like in the spring.

The order leaves open work that cannot be performed from home, including for manufacturing, construction and health occupations. Outdoor gatherings, outdoor dining and parks remain open. Individualized activities with distancing and face masks are still allowed: retail shopping; public transit; restaurant takeout; personal-care services such as haircuts, by appointment; and individualized exercise at a gym, with extra spacing between machines.
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Contact Information

Should your business be open under the Governor’s Executive Directive?  
(888) 535-6136 | covid19@michigan.gov

 Want to file a complaint? Contact the Michigan Attorney General's consumer complaint hotline. 
 (877) 765-8388 | michigan.gov/agcomplaints.

Michigan’s Work Share program allows employers to restart their business and bring employees back from unemployment.​Employers can bring employees back with reduced hours - while employees collect partial unemployment benefits to make up a portion of the lost wages. Employers can also retain their current workforce and are given the flexibility to choose which of their employees are part of a Work Share plan.
Michigan’s Work Share Program - Learn more about the program, how it works and how to apply.