COVID-19 – Limitations on Food Service Establishments
On October 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court determined Governor Whitmer did not have the authority to issue executive orders under emergency declarations past April 30, 2020. In response to the court’s ruling, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon issued an Emergency Order under the Michigan Public Health Code MCL 333.2253 restricting gathering sizes, requiring face coverings in public spaces and placing limitations on bars and other venues.
Under MCL 333.2253, if the MDHHS director determines that control of an epidemic is necessary to protect the public health, the director by emergency order may prohibit the gathering of people for any purpose and may establish procedures to be followed during the epidemic to ensure the continuation of essential public health services and enforcement of health laws.
This order—and any future MDHHS emergency orders—applies to Ottawa County and its residents. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) will continue to work with County Emergency Management and County Administration to discuss together as a county leadership the course of local actions to protect the health and safety of our community. More information will be posted once it's available.
Important requirements to remain are:
- Facilities must have a written COVID-19 plan.
- Restaurants must limit capacity to 50%.
- Customers may not wait for seating. A limited amount may wait for to-go food.
- Employees must be screened daily for symptoms of illness.
- Employees and customers must wear masks. Customers may remove masks when seated at their table.
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If you do not find what you are looking for on our Food Services pages, please feel free to contact our Food Service Division at (616) 393-5645.
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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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