Breaking Down the Newest Epidemic Order From MDHHS

Michigan’s COVID-19 numbers are improving after the most recent spike across the state. And while vaccinations also improve, the state made changes to the mask mandate epidemic order Tuesday.

The Governor’s office dropped a new epidemic order through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. This new order updates mask usage. A big portion of it is allowing fully vaccinated people to be without masks and also updated capacity limits for crowds.

It’s a good step forward for sports fans and those getting ready for their graduation. The newest epidemic order update will allow bigger outdoor crowds and more freedom for those who get their COVID-19 shot.

According to the official release from the state, anyone who is fully vaccinated and not experiencing symptoms is not required to wear a mask at residential gatherings, including indoors.Screen Shot 2021 05 05 At 62635 Pm

New guidance for organized sports no longer requires routine COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated participants if they are asymptomatic. Masks continue to be required for contact sports but are no longer required outdoors during active practice and competition for non-contact sports. For example, softball and baseball players will be required to wear a mask in the dugout but not when at bat or playing first base.

Under the new order, which goes into effect Thursday, May 6, and continues through Monday, May 31, masks are generally not required outdoors unless a gathering has 100 or more people.

Additional changes impact capacity limits:

Large outdoor events, including festivals, fairs, and golf tournaments will be able to exceed the current 1,000-person limit so long as they create and post a safety plan consistent with the MDHHS Large Outdoor Event Guidance, and no more than 20 persons per 1,000 square feet are gathered in any space available to patrons.

Residential outdoor gatherings are allowed up to 50 people. Or, where density does not exceed 20 persons per 1,000 square feet of usable outdoor space, up to 300 people may be gathered.

Outdoor stadiums and arenas:

    • Stadiums complying with enhanced protocols will continue to be allowed to operate at 20% of their fixed seating capacity. For example, a stadium with a maximum capacity complying with enhanced protocols would be permitted to host 8,000 patrons.
    • Otherwise, for stadiums or arenas with a fixed seating capacity of 5,000 or greater without enhanced protocols 1,000 patrons may be gathered (previously 750).
    • For stadiums or arenas with a fixed seating capacity of 10,000 or greater without enhanced protocols 1,500 patrons may be gathered.

All of these plans come with stipulations that social distancing is still followed and the state case rates continue to decline and vaccination rates continue to rise.

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