COVID-19 Q&A: I planned an event before the state issued new restrictions. Can I still host it? – Lansing State Journal

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LANSING As Michigan officials started loosening restrictions during the pandemic, people started planning weddings, holiday dinners and other gatherings again.

Now, they'll likely have to alter plans following a new order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Sunday evening.

That order, meant to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 while avoiding another stay-home order, limits gatherings but has many more exceptions than the orders in March and April did.

Takeaways: New COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan begin Wednesday. Here's what you need to know

Here's the type of events you can hold under the new restrictions, which take effect Wednesday.

For the most part, people can only hold indoor gatherings if they're hosting them at someone's home.

Those kinds of gatherings are only allowed if fewerthan 10 people attend, and only if you invite people from just one other household.

Indoor gatherings are prohibited at non-residential venues with some exceptions.

There's a little more leeway for outdoor gatherings.

Someone hosting people at their home can invite up to two other households to events. They canhave up to 25 people in attendance, including people in their household.

Up to 25 people can attend an event at a non-residential venue with additional restrictions based on seating arrangement:

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There are no gatherings allowed at:

Restaurants cannot allow indoor dining, but they can offer takeout or delivery and outdoor dining as long as tables are 6 feet apart and seat no more than six people.

There are exceptions to that for custodial settings, medical facilities, school and university cafeterias, shelters and soup kitchens. In those settings, people must sit 6 feet apart unless they are from the same household.

Retail stores, libraries and museums can continue to serve patrons as long as they don't exceed 30% capacity. There's an exception to allow one customer to enter at a time if "strict adherence to the 30% total occupancy limit would otherwise result in closure."

As in previous orders, retail stores must establish lines to separate people by at least six feet at entry and checkout.

Gyms remain open under the emergency order at 25% capacity for individuals to work out. Workout stations must be spaced at least 12 feet apart.

Businesses with waiting rooms must separate households by at least 6 feet and, when possible, have people wait in their cars for their appointments to be called.

Indoor and outdoor pools can be open at 25% capacity.

Hair salons, tanning salons, massage parlors, tattoo shops and other similar businesses can be open but must require appointments and face masks. These kinds of businesses cannot have people in a waiting area.

The limitations do not apply to:

Even under the exceptions, venues must be designed to encourage and maintain physical distancing, including making sure people in different households are at least 6 feet apart when possible.

Contact reporter Megan Banta at mbanta@lsj.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeganBanta_1.

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