Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.
According to a Sunday night press release from the Washtenaw County Health Dept, The Washtenaw County Health Officer has issued an emergency order to reduce the number of people crowding into local bars, restaurants or entertainment venues. According to the statement from the Health Dept, Venues must cut their maximum occupancy by half starting Monday, March 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. and continuing through April 5, 2020. Under the Michigan Public Health Code, MCL 333.2453, the Health Officer has the authority to take action to protect the public’s health and prevent the spread of disease.
“This action is not taken lightly,” said Jimena Loveluck, MSW, Washtenaw County Health Officer. “To slow the impact of COVID-19 in our community and protect everyone’s health, we must take our commitment to prevention seriously. Social distancing is essential now to prevent additional spread as much as possible.”
As of this evening, March 15, Washtenaw County has 7 reported cases of COVID-19 and numerous tests pending, according to the Health Department.
The order is in effect from March 16 through April 5, or until updated. It applies to all county businesses with a food service license as well as entertainment venues and gyms. Healthcare facilities, long-term care and grocery stores are exempt. Additional, more stringent actions may also be considered as the situation changes.
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