Covid Safety FAQs

Q: Are public meetings or board meetings permitted under this Order?

A: Yes, up to 25 board members may gather for a meeting. Under Public Act 254 of 2020, public meetings may be conducted virtually for any reason through March 31, 2021. The public may also attend the meeting in person subject to all applicable masking and distancing requirements. For public attendance to be permitted beyond 25 persons, the event must be designed to ensure that every person can avoid mingling or engaging in physical contact with persons from outside their household. For example, a reception larger than 25 persons would not be permitted indoors. All meetings covered by the Open Meetings Act – whether conducted virtually or in person – must also comply with Public Act 254 of 2020.


Q: What are the gathering and capacity restrictions that apply to outdoor festivals, fairs, and parades?

A: Outdoor entertainment and recreation venues are subject to an overall capacity limit of 1,000 persons. Events at such venues must be designed such that groups of patrons may maintain six feet of distance at all times. Everyone must remain masked at all times unless they are eating or drinking while sitting in a designated area. The consumption of food or beverages is permitted only while seated in designated areas. While eating/drinking, no more than 6 people may be seated together in a group, and groups must be separated by at least 6 feet; groups may not intermingle.


Q: What are the gathering and capacity restrictions that apply to weddings, conferences, or other social gatherings at non-residential venues?

A: Indoor weddings may not exceed a total of 25 persons, while outdoor weddings may not exceed a total of 300 persons. If an event has indoor and outdoor components, it must abide by the requirements for an indoor gathering. Everyone must remain masked at all times unless they are eating or drinking while sitting in a designated area. The consumption of food or beverages is permitted only while seated in designated areas. While eating/drinking, no more than six people may be seated together in a group, and groups must be separated by at least 6 feet; groups may not intermingle.


Q: What are the gathering and capacity restrictions that apply to indoor trade shows, expositions, or similar retail settings/events?

A: These types of events may take place if they are only engaging in retail services (not food service or entertainment). Total occupancy must not exceed 50% of the limits established by the fire marshal. All masking and distancing requirements must be followed at all times.

Q: What are the gathering and capacity restrictions that apply to school events that are open to the public (e.g., athletic competitions, band/choir concerts, performing arts, etc.)?

A: Where school-sponsored events are open to the public – including friends, families, and other spectators – they are subject to the rules and restrictions applicable to entertainment and recreational facilities. All applicable masking and distancing requirements must be followed by everyone at all times. Patrons/spectators must remain masked at all times unless they are eating or drinking while sitting in a designated area. The consumption of food or beverages is permitted only while seated in designated areas. While eating/drinking, no more than six people may be seated together in a group, and groups must be separated by at least 6 feet; groups may not intermingle.

Indoor events are limited to a total of 300 patrons/spectators at any given time and must not exceed 50% of the total occupancy limits established by the fire marshal. Outdoor events are limited to an overall total of 1,000 people (including all athletes, participants, staff, patrons/observers, etc.). All attendees should avoid intermingling and must remain 6 feet apart from all other groups.  

Local health departments, sports organizers, and school districts may have additional rules that must be followed and may further limit total capacity or number of spectators allowed.

Q: What are the gathering and capacity restrictions that apply to indoor entertainment or recreational venues (e.g., bowling allies, movie theaters, trampoline parks, etc.)?

A: An indoor event, party, conference, or other such social gathering may not exceed a total of 25 persons. Everyone must remain masked at all times unless they are eating or drinking while sitting in a designated area.

However, an indoor entertainment or recreation venue, such as a bowling alley, movie theater, or trampoline park, may permit up to 300 patrons at a time, so long as it maintains 50% capacity or less, and does not allow inter-household gatherings larger than 25 persons.

At such venues, the consumption of food or beverages is permitted only while seated in designated areas. While eating/drinking, no more than 6 people may be seated together in a group, and groups must be separated by at least 6 feet; groups may not intermingle.

Q: Are venues or organizations permitted to offer sampling of food or beverages to the public?

A: No. Under the Order, face masks may only be temporarily removed for the purposes of eating or drinking if an individual is seated at a food service establishment in compliance with the other restrictions and limitations in the Order.

Q: May venues hosting athletic events operate concessions?

A: Yes, but the consumption of food or beverages is permitted only while seated in designated areas. While eating/drinking, no more than 6 people may be seated together in a group, and groups must be separated by at least 6 feet; groups may not intermingle. Everyone must remain masked at all times unless they are eating or drinking while sitting in a designated area.

If a concession stand is a food service establishment (i.e. cooks or prepares food), then it must also abide by all other applicable rules and restrictions under the Order.

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