Sunday, March 22, 2020
Lansing " Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has amended her order banning gatherings of more than 50 people by excluding churches from those institutions subject to penalties for violating the order. The capacity limitations still apply to churches, but the churches will be exempt from the penalty, said Tiffany Brown, a spokeswoman for Whitmer's office. Shortly after the state confirmed its first two cases of COVID-19 on March 10, Whitmer issued an executive order prohibiting assemblies of more than 250 to stem the spread of coronavirus. She amended the order earlier this week to limit assemblies to 50 people, with the exception of health care facilities, grocery stores, mass transit, workplaces and the state legislature.
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