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Houghton County Kids Return to School, as Pandemic Restrictions Tighten

Houghton County schools will resume face to face instruction this morning. With revised state rules in place, all students will be required to wear masks at almost all times at school facilities, including inside classrooms. Mask-optional policies enacted earlier by some local school districts are no longer valid. Similar restrictions are in effect for preschool and child care facilities. 

Other restrictions overseen by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have also been increased…
• People who can perform their jobs remotely are required to do so.
• Stores must limit the number of people inside to 25 percent of capacity, including staff members.
• Residential indoor gatherings cannot exceed 10 people.
• Gatherings in commercial spaces can include no more than 20 people per 1,000 square feet of venue space. In venues with fixed seating, attendance must be limited to no more than 20 percent of the seating capacity.
 • Business owners must require that all employees and patrons wear masks, with limited exceptions for very young children, and activities for which removing the mask temporarily is necessary.
• Exceptions may be granted for those who cannot medically tolerate a mask, but business owners cannot make a blanket assumption that someone not wearing a mask falls into that category.
• All establishments open to the public must post signs about the mask requirement at public entrances, along with a warning that those who are ill must not enter.
• Public and Private schools must post information about any confirmed or probable school-associated COVID-19 diagnoses in a highly visible location on the school’s website within 24 hours after the school receives notification.

Link to the most recent orders here.

The seven most active counties in the pandemic are in the Upper Peninsula. On Saturday, 33 new cases in Houghton County were reported to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Baraga County reported five new cases. Keweenaw and Ontonagon Counties each reported two. Nearly 1,200 new cases were reported statewide Saturday, with 13 deaths.

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