COVID-19 Pause to Save Lives Order

On Nov. 15, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency order limiting indoor gatherings. The order begins Nov. 18 and lasts for three weeks.

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
What activities are temporarily prohibited?
  • In-person learning at high schools, colleges and universities
  • Indoor dining at bars and restaurants
  • Organized sports (excluding professional)
  • Theaters, movie theaters, stadiums, arenas, clubs and entertainment venues
  • Bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, indoor water parks
  • Bingo halls, casinos, arcades
  • Group fitness classes
  • Attending professional sporting events
What activities are still allowed?
  • Preschool through 8th grade (if local school districts allow)
  • 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 and pools (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
Detroiters who leave their home or place of residence must still:
  • Wear face coverings when in enclosed public spaces and should continue to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves, their co-workers, their loved ones, and their 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.
  • Wear a face covering over his or her nose and mouth—such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space, unless the individual is unable medically to tolerate a face covering.
  • An individual may be required to temporarily remove a face covering upon entering an enclosed public space for identification purposes. An individual may also remove a face covering to eat or drink when seated at a restaurant or bar.
  • 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
  • The City of Detroit and State of Michigan are strongly encouraging residents to cancel Thanksgiving Day gatherings.
  • 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


Read the Emergency Order (taking effect Nov. 18) here.
Read the June 1st Safe Start Executive Order here.