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UPDATE: Gov. Whitmer, MDHHS gives COVID-19 update Friday

The MDHHS reissued an epidemic order to take effect Monday, Dec. 21, which will continue through Jan. 15, 2021.
Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 10:53 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 18, 2020 at 2:01 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: Michigan’s governor held an afternoon press conference Friday.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was joined by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun and MDHHS Director Robert Gordon.

The MDHHS reissued an epidemic order to take effect Monday, Dec. 21, which will continue through Jan. 15, 2021.

Probably the most notable, is there will be no change to how bars and restaurants are currently operating.

K-12 schools will be able to reopen, and extra-curricular activities may resume, except for those deemed high-risk. College and university restrictions will also be lifted, but the governor asked colleges and universities to delay moving students back in until mid-January.

Outdoor fitness will be allowed again, and indoor entertainment venues, such as arenas, movie theaters, stadiums, bowling alleys and arcades can reopen, with occupancy capped at 100 people. Concessions at these types of facilities will still be banned.

“As soon as you’re eating or drinking, the mask is off and that increases risk significantly,” Gordon said.

COVID-19 restrictions that will be in effect in Michigan from Dec. 21, 2020, through Jan. 15,...
COVID-19 restrictions that will be in effect in Michigan from Dec. 21, 2020, through Jan. 15, 2021.(MDHHS)

Current restrictions are set to expire at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 20, but these new restrictions take effect right as the older ones expire.

The press conference can be seen below or on our Facebook page. Follow along with the details provided with this slide deck.

Click here to read the entire epidemic order.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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