Detroit Health Department rescinds pool order and urges caution for large gatherings

Following Governor Whitmer’s decision to move the state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan yesterday, allowing retailers, restaurants and day camps to open and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 as early as June 4, the following is a statement from Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair:
We are still in a pandemic, and reasonable precautions including practicing social distancing and wearing a mask should continue, particularly when engaged in activities in close proximity to others where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is greater. Those participating in large group activities should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms including dizziness, shortness of breath, coughing or a sudden loss of smell or taste.

Detroiters should remain vigilant as the actions of one can still affect the lives of many. If you think you’ve been exposed to the virus and are experiencing symptoms, please get tested by calling to make an appointment at (313) 230-0505. Business owners may also access resources to open safely by visiting the City’s Detroit Means Business website at

Finally, effective immediately, the Detroit Public Health Order issued under the Michigan Public Health Code PA 368 of 1978, requiring all public swimming pools licensed by the Detroit Health Department to remain closed indefinitely, is hereby rescinded and shall no longer be of force or effect. Per the Governor’s executive order, indoor public swimming pools must remain closed.

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