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Whitmer Issues New Executive Order, Lifts Temporary Restrictions on Events in Regions 6 & 8

Mason Doerr  | Published on 6/5/2020


Governor Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-115, which lifts temporary restrictions on certain events, gatherings and businesses IN REGIONS 6 & 8 ONLY. However, Subsection (d) of Section 7 states that the order does not apply to the incidental gathering of persons in a shared space, including an airport, bus station, factory floor, restaurant, shopping mall, public pool, or workplace. This executive order only allows for private events in regions 6 & 8 for up to 50 people indoors and 250 outdoors. All regular bar/restaurant business must still abide by the 50% occupancy restriction.

To clear up any confusion, our interpretation from the Governor’s Office and Office of the Attorney General, is that the term restaurant refers to bars and restaurants synonymously.

We would like to further clarify that adult night clubs operating with a liquor license are also allowed to open statewide on Monday, June 8, with the same restrictions as normal bars and restaurants (50% capacity, 6 foot social distancing, use of PPE, etc.). Adult night clubs operating without a liquor license are not allowed to open, except for those in Regions 6 and 8, with a 25% occupancy restriction.

Read the full list of mandated safeguards here: Executive Order 2020-114

For information on how to meet these requirements, please visit our webpage: The page contains everything from our Ready to Reopen Resource Guide to our COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan with Employee Training Requirements