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Detroit Issues COVID-19 Public Health Order

Mayor Mike Duggan and Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair issued a new COVID-19 public health order that serves to reinstate aspects of emergency rulings previously issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, which were struck down by the state’s High Court late last week.    

The goal of the order is to provide continuity and certainty for Detroiters in Covid-19 enforcement and keep residents safe. The order will remain in effect until city officials certify that the epidemic has sufficiently abated.

The new order, which takes effect immediately, tracks nearly identically to the Governor’s orders to provide consistency and will be amended to stay consistent with any changes the Governor may issue.  The Detroit order offers guidance to cover seven key areas, which are summarized below. The complete order can be found here.

  • Face coverings – The order requires that appropriate face coverings must be worn at indoor and outdoor gatherings, and where that is not possible, social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained. Masks must be worn when using buses or other forms of public transportation
  • DDOT – Clear direction for passengers: No mask, no ride
  • Bars/restaurants/casinos – The order states capacity limitations, social distancing and mask requirements for all patrons and employees. The order also stipulates that business owners must provide access to public health inspectors upon request
  • Gatherings – The order provides allowable gathering sizes, social distancing and mask requirements
  • Workplaces – The order provides masks must be worn, social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained, COVID-19 preparedness and response plans must be developed and remote work should be performed when possible
  • Schools – The order requires K-12 schools to publicly disclose any probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases on their website within 24 hours of learning of the cases
  • Other Public Accommodations – Under the order, bowling alleys, theaters, gyms and other venues are allowed to operate so long as they comply with the rules for workplaces and gatherings

For details on the Detroit Health Department COVID-19 Public Health Order, visit

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