Wednesday, June 2, 2021

A message about Coronavirus from The American Legion Department of Michigan


June 1, 2021 - New COVID Rules

To: Post Commanders & Adjutants,

Today, new State of Michigan Health Department rules take effect. For Posts with buildings, club licenses, and those who serve food the following rules go into effect.

Q: Beginning on June 1, 2021, what rules will apply to indoor non-residential gatherings?

A: Beginning on June 1, 2021, the overall capacity limit of an indoor establishment - including staff, patrons, and all other persons - will be limited to 25 people or 50% of the limits established by the fire marshal, whichever is greater. If the establishment does not have such a capacity limit, then the total occupancy is limited to 30 people per 1,000 square feet.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a face mask at all times when indoors except when eating or drinking. Although fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face mask, an establishment may adopt and enforce its own policy requiring all patrons and employees to wear a face mask. For more information, please see MDHHS's Face Mask Recommendations (May 20, 2021).

Q: Beginning on June 1, 2021, what rules will apply to dining at establishments?

A: Beginning on June 1, 2021, there will no longer be a statewide limit on the number of patrons who dine together as a group. Similarly, there will no longer be a statewide prohibition on the intermingling of groups of patrons; as of June 1, 2021, MDHHS will strongly recommend (but not require) that tables/groups be spaced 6 feet apart. However, local health departments, municipalities, and establishments may adopt and enforce their own rules to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Outdoor Dining - Beginning on June 1, 2021, outdoor dining areas will no longer be subject to the statewide distancing rules between tables/groups of patrons. This Order will no longer require face masks and distancing when outdoors, but MDHHS and CDC recommend that individuals who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a face mask in crowded outdoor settings.

Indoor dining - Beginning on June 1, 2021, indoor dining establishments must continue to maintain accurate contact-tracing records for patrons who consume food or beverages inside the premises. The overall capacity limit of an establishment - including staff, patrons, and all other persons - will be limited to 25 people or 50% of the limits established by the fire marshal, whichever is greater. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a face mask at all times when indoors except when eating or drinking.

To read the orders and more FAQ's click the link below.


Sincerely,

Mark Sutton
Public Relations Director
The American Legion
Department of Michigan
(517) 220-2747