The capacity limits for stadiums and indoor arenas will increase to 375 or 750 depending on their size. A cap on indoor residential gatherings will be relaxed slightly, at no more 15 people from three households instead of 10 from two households.
“We are doing this gradually, but these are all the places where we can do it safely. moreWhitmer said during a news conference. “The increased capacity limits outlined in this order will always give us the ability to protect public health as we carefully monitor variants and continue to lead with science and data. “
The Whitmer administration is monitoring rates of COVID-19 cases, testing positivity rates and the hospital’s capacity when deciding whether to tighten or relax restrictions.
Dr Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s medical director, said the case rate – 91 per million population – was leveling off after declining for six weeks. The positivity rate, 3.7%, is up slightly from last week and similar to what it was five months ago. The percentage of beds for patients infected with the virus is 3.9% after peaking at 19.6% on December 4.
Despite the governor’s announcement, Republican lawmakers have been critical. They clashed with Whitmer over the scope of the limits versus less stringent limits in neighboring states, the pace of the reopening, and the lack of legislative input.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey of Clarklake called the announcement “woefully inadequate, ensures that we remain completely out of step regionally and nationally, and more…
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