Gov. Whitmer: Upper Peninsula allowed to stay at increased indoor capacity

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SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – Parts of Northern Michigan including Sault Ste. Marie do not need to limit indoor event capacity to 10 people.

The amendment to the original executive order 181 allows for gatherings to remain at either 25% or up to 250 people indoors.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office noted events in these regions could continue to work within these limitations as they are in Phase 5 of her six-phase economic reopening.

President and CEO of Michigan Restaurant and Lodging association Justin Winslow said the original order caught northern Michigan’s hotel industry by surprise. He noted some of the larger hotels already had events planned that exceeded the 10 person limit.

During a press conference last Wednesday, Whitmer explained her decision to originally implement the executive order.

“We’re very concerned about the numbers and what we’ve been seeing consistently coming out those two regions in particular,” Whitmer said. “I’ve always been very clear that we’ve got to look at this as a dial where we can engage additional activities if we can keep our numbers low. “But when they continuously climb, then we may have to dial back a little bit.”

Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun says the Upper Peninsula has had a growth rate of COVID cases consistent with the rest of the state since the beginning of July.

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