COVID-19 Pause to Save Lives Order

State of Michigan updates emergency order to permit some indoor activities. This is order will last until Jan. 31st; Indoor dining may potentially resume Feb. 1.

What are the limits on social gatherings?
  • No more than two households (families) may gather in one household at a time. Try to keep indoor social gatherings under ten people.
  • Outdoor gatherings may not exceed 25 people
  • Funerals may not exceed 25 people
  • Casinos, bowling centers, movie theatres, arenas, amusement parks, cinemas, concert and bingo halls, arcades, ice and roller skating rinks, and performance centers will be allowed to reopen with total capacity capped at 100 (No food and drink concessions; no large groups or organized activities)
  • NEW: Indoor group fitness classes and non-contact sports (with masks and social distancing)
What activities are temporarily prohibited?
  • Workplaces, when work can be done from home
  • Indoor dining, restaurants and bars
  • Night clubs
  • Contact sports (excluding professional sports)
  • Trampoline and water parks
  • Attending professional sporting events
What activities are still allowed?
  • Preschool through 12th grade (if local school districts allow)
  • NEW: K-12 extracurriculars, non-contact sports
  • Retail shopping
  • Childcare
  • Manufacturing, construction, other work that cannot be completed remotely
  • Public transit
  • Hair salons, barber shops and other personal services (spas, nail salons, etc.)
  • Gyms, pools, roller and ice skating (for individual exercise only)
  • Take out, delivery, curbside pickup and open-air outdoor dining
    • Find resources for businesses and outdoor dining guidelines here
  • Professional sports (no spectators)
  • Parks and outdoor recreation
  • Heathcare and healthcare related services
New COVID-19 gathering restrictions
New Indoor Gathering Guidelines

Restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity with up to 100 people. Tables must be six feet apart with no more than six people per table. Outdoor tents with four sides are permitted under these same rules. Bars and restaurants must close by 10 p.m. Additionally, contact information must be collected from diners for contact tracing purposes.


Indoor residential and non-residential gatherings are 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. Families are encouraged to stay home as much as possible to maintain momentum and to protect loved ones. Families are also encouraged to Mask Up,Mask Right, using guidance for what masks to wear and how to wear them.

The epidemic order continues to temporarily pause indoor contact sports and other venues and activities where participants have close physical contacts and are not consistently masked, like water parks. However, as of Jan. 22, stadiums can allow up to 500 people at venues that seat over 10,000 people and stadiums that seat less than 10,000 are allowed to be at 20% capacity, up to 250 people. This will allow for additional attendance at high school football finals being hosted this weekend.


As before, employees who work in jobs that cannot be performed from home can continue to go to work, while employees who can work from home should continue to do so.


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Indoor Dining

Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are working on a path to allow indoor dining at restaurants with safety measures such as mask requirements, capacity limits and curfews. The State's target date to reopen indoor dining is February 1st. Detroit restaurants can continue to find updates and resources to support their businesses at

Detroiters who leave their home or place of residence must still:
  • Wear face coverings (homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief) over your nose and mouth when in enclosed public spaces and  continue to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves, their co-workers, loved ones, and communities.  
  • Follow social distancing measures recommended by the Chief Public Health Officer, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.
  • An individual may be required to temporarily remove a face covering upon entering an enclosed public space for identification purposes.
  • Businesses and building owners can deny entry or access to any individual who refuses to comply with this executive order.
  • A willful violation of this order is a misdemeanor.
Additional Notices & Recommendations
  • Continue to work from home if your workplace allows it or your work can be done remotely
  • Use online services whenever possible
  • Use public transportation for essential travel only. Public transit will continue to operate on a limited basis. When using public transport, you should maintain at least 6 feet, 2 to 3 steps away, including if you are on the bus or on trains. See DDOT for the latest information about bus schedules
  • Use rideshare, rental cars and air travel for essential travel only
  • Protect elderly and vulnerable populations by keeping social distance in hospitals, nursing homes and around the elderly
  • Colleges and universities are recommended to delay the winter semester until January 18th

Read the January 13th updated order here

Archived Orders
December 20th updated order here
MDHHS Emergency Order (taking effect Nov. 18) here.

June 1st Safe Start Executive Order here.