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Whitmer announces new state guidelines

By Joseph Hayes

Four more weeks.

The continued ban on indoor dining at restaurants and bars will continue until at least Jan. 15.

That was among the major announcements on Friday for residents in the state of Michigan from Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office.

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Whitmer announced the epidemic order with a virtual press conference alongside Robert Gordon, the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services for the state and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the chief medical executive.

The order begins on Monday, Dec. 21.

“If we substantially sustain our progress, we will seriously consider lifting protocols sooner,” Whitmer said. “A lot depends on how the holidays go.”

Whitmer said movie theaters, bowling alleys, casinos and similar establishments can resume in-person operations.

Michigan High schools are allowed to resume in-person instruction next week, although many would have already broken for the holiday recess.

The grind for indoor dining establishments could meanwhile continue until at least Jan. 15. 

Movie theaters that do reopen also aren’t allowed to serve food or drinks; while the state will also require masks for entry.

The same is said for bowling alleys and non-tribal casinos, with groups limited to one household up to six people.

Share your thoughts with us regarding the new orders and check back with Blue Water Healthy Living for more information.

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