Oakland County orders bars, theaters and other businesses to cut their customer loads by 50%
Oakland County is putting restrictions on restaurants, theaters and gyms to try to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Oakland County has the largest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the state of Michigan.
To try to reduce the spread of the disease, the county health division issued an order Saturday to reduce occupancy load by 50% at county establishments with a food service license.
Food service establishments include bars, church dining halls and banquet halls.
The order exempts healthcare facilities, long-term care, and grocery stores.
The order also limits occupancy load of entertainment venues and physical fitness centers to 50%.
Oakland County Health Officer Leigh-Anne Stafford says “strong measures are necessary to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases.”
The order takes effect Monday and runs through April 5.
Nine of the 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan are in Oakland County.