Michigan Senate Votes To Exempt Graduations From Pandemic Order
The Michigan Senate has voted to exempt high school graduation ceremonies from the state’s pandemic order that restricts crowd sizes.
This update in the state’s guidance comes after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a guidance on high school end of the year events such as graduations last week, and recommended virtual events as a surge in coronavirus cases declined. However, they stated that the guidance would be reviewed and updated.
Under the state health department’s pandemic order, 1,000 people can be in outdoor stadiums with a seating capacity of up to 10,000, or 1,500 if the arenas are larger. Indoor arenas are limited to 375 people, or 750 people if the seating capacity is more than 10,000.
The state said Tuesday that outdoor gatherings can be bigger than 1,000 to 1,500 attendees if they do not exceed 20% capacity or 20 people per 1,000 square feet as long as social distancing and mask wearing is in place.
Additionally, the state has recommended that in-person events be held outside instead of indoors and that schools require students, staff, volunteers and other attendees to test negative for the virus within 24 to 72 hours before the event. They have also asked school officials to consider shortening the length of events and scheduling students in staggered time slots.