Covid-19 Information

Michigan's Temporary Covid 19 Restrictions

Michigan officials have implemented a new series of stricter Covid-19 regulations that will go into effect. Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that the new restrictions will be in effect from March 22, 2021 ending April 19, 2021.

Here are the venues, which may serve food and beverages, that have reopened, as of 2/1/2021:
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Pre-school thru 12th grade
  • Gyms, pools, ice and roller rinks
  • Arcades
  • Arenas
  • Amusement parks
  • Bingo Halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Casinos
  • Cinemas
  • Concert halls
  • Gun ranges
  • Movie theaters
  • Performance venues
  • Stadiums
  • Theaters
Nightclubs and water parks remain closed.

Symptoms of Covid-19 and Quarantining

Symptoms of Covid-19 means fever, uncontrolled cough, or atypical new onset of shortness of breath or at least 2 of the following not explained by known physical condition:
  • loss of taste or smell
  • muscle aches
  • sore throat
  • severe headache
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain
Due to increasing case rates and variant spread throughout Michigan, effective April 9, 2021, the Wayne County Public Health Division will follow the recommendations by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to reinstitute the standard 14-day self-quarantine for close contacts of COVID-19 cases.

This will remove the option of a 10-day self-quarantine. As a reminder, a "test out of quarantine" strategy has never nbeen adopted in the State of Michiganand is not authorized by the Wayne County Public Health Division.

No quarantine period is required when an individual is identified as a close contact and one of the following situations applies:
  1. Within the past 5 months the close contact had a positive confirmable COVID (PCR) test; OR
  2. The close contact has been vaccinated with a COVID vaccine that requires two doses of vaccine to be fully vaccinated or one dose of a COVID vaccine that only requires one dose and fourteen (14) days have passed since the last dose of the vaccine has been administered.
The 14-day self-quarantine period will continue as the standard in congregate care settings for those individuals who are identified as close contacts who do not meet the critieria above (prior infection in past 5 months or 14 days post complete vaccine) exposed to COVID-19.

Until further guidance is provided by MDHHS, testing to reduce quarantine to 7 days is not authorized by the Wayne County Public Health Division.

Quarantine is isolation from others, please adhere to the guidelines for everyone's protection.

Covid-19 Positive Foodservice Employees
  1. Management must contact the Wayne County Health Department unless you reside in Detroit and notify them of the positive Covid case(s).
  2. Notify all employees of the exposure of the Covid positive employee and instruct any other employees with close contact to quarantine for 14 days.
  3. Prohibit any and all Covid positive employees , employees showing symptoms of Covid while at work and close contacts from the premises and any other jointly owned foodservice facilities.
  4. Management shall obtain the names and phone numbers for any employee deemed as close contact ( less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) and provide the information to the Health Department.
  5. Close the foodservice establishment temporarily for deep cleaning and sanitizing consistent with Food & Drug Administration and CDC guidance.

CDC/EPA: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
Everyday steps, when someone is sick, and considerations for employers

  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water. then use disinfectant.
  • Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
  • More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
  • Surfaces and objects in public places , such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.
  • High touch surfaces include: tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
  • Disinfect with a household disinfectant on List N: Disinfectants For Use Against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes Covid 19.
  • Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
  • Many products recommend: Keep surface wet for a period of time (see product label), precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

Covid 19 Vaccine
  • At this time Covid vaccine is not available to the general public
  • Wayne County is following the State of Michigan priority list for distribution of the vaccine
  • Health care workers, emergency medical service professionals, public safety, teachers/ child care workers, individuals over the age of 65, caregivers of the disabled and their families are in the current groups of who will receive the vaccine
  • When vaccine distribution is available to the general public, it will be widely publicized

Outdoor Seating requirements during Covid 19
  • "Indoors" means within a space enclosed fully or partially on the top, and enclosed fully or partially on more than one side. Indoor spaces therefore include most buildings (such as barns and garages), vehicles (such as buses and trains) and temporary structures (including tents or canopies with side walls or coverings, unless open on three sides). Outdoor tents with fours sides will be allowed on/after February 1, 2021.
Operators with outdoor seating (tents/igloos) will need to submit a Variance application and Outdoor Seating Requirement documentation to the Health Department with information about the construction, cleaning and air exchange (air out time) of the structures (below). Tables must be six feet apart, with no nore than six people per table.

Variance Application for Outdoor Dining due to Covid-19
Outdoor Seating Requirement Template due to Covid-19