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Michigan health officials have announced new coronavirus restrictions, due to a recent surge in rates across the state.

The new restrictions include:

  • Indoor venues without fixed seating must limit gatherings such as weddings and parties to no more than 50 people, effective immediately. That’s down from a maximum of 500.
  • Restaurants and bars must seat no more than six people at a table, effective immediately.
  • All dine-in establishments must keep customers’ names and phone numbers for contact-tracing purposes, beginning Monday (Nov. 2).

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued the order, which also mandates mask wearing while in public and limits crowd sizes at private gatherings and in business.

As for in-person voting on Tuesday, masks are recommended but not required. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

“The trends we are seeing are incredibly concerning,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive, in a statement.

“Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all increasing, and unless we all change our behaviors now, that will continue. So we have to avoid indoor gatherings as much as possible. Wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of distance. If you’re still sick, don’t go out.”

Read all of the new orders here.

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