Michigan expands capacity limits for indoor gatherings

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the state has updated its gatherings and face masks health orders, which are set to take effect on June 1.

The state will eliminate outdoor capacity limits and increase indoor social gatherings. including weddings, conferences and funerals, to 50% capacity beginning June 1.

Under the new order, masks will continue to be required indoors for individuals who are not yet vaccinated.

Because the state has reached the 55% vaccination rate, MIOSHA has removed requirements for remote work.

MIOSHA has updated other aspects of the emergency rules to reflect the recent order from MDHHS and guidance from the CDC. Those changes include:

  • Employers may allow fully vaccinated employees to not wear face coverings and social distance provided they have a policy deemed effective to ensure non-vaccinated individuals continue to follow these requirements.   
  • The rules have been reformed focusing on performance, eliminating industry-specific requirements. Definitions have been updated to more clearly reflect changes in close contact and quarantining requirements for fully vaccinated employees.  
  • Cleaning requirements have been updated to reflect changes in CDC recommendations.  
  • Employers should continue to have and implement a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan in accordance with the updated rules.

MIOSHA's updated emergency rules will take effect Monday and will expire October 14.

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