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Published 3/21/2020
7:48pm

Governor Amends Executive Order to Exempt Religious Institutions from Ban of 50 or More Gathered Persons

Houses of Worship Will Not Be Penalized If Number of Gathered Persons Exceeds 50

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After issuing an Executive Order banning the gathering of more than 50 persons in an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus in the State of Michigan, a violation that would constitute a misdemeanor, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has added an amendment establishing that churches and other houses of worship will not be subject to the penalty.  Still, religious assemblies are urged to remain below 50 individuals at a time as a best practice during the fight against COVID-19.

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Update 3/22/2020

Art Van Furniture is suspending its liquidation sales due to the COVID-19. The Warren-based retailer said Thursday that it is following guidance by public health authorities. 

Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills and Twelve Oaks in Novi will close their doors through at least March 29th. The owner of both malls, Taubman Centers, is closing down nearly all of its malls nationwide. 

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum is helping kids stay busy at home during school closures. The museum is closed, but its online portal to fun and activities is open.

An aging bridge in Detroit over I-94 is closed for repairs until Sunday. The Cass Avenue bridge between West Palmer and Antoinette has been shut down by the Michigan Department of Transportation.  

Operations at Flint Assembly have stopped due to concerns over the coronavirus. Employees were told Flint Assembly operations wrapped up after second shift. Flint Assembly will be back to operation March 30th. 

Ferris State University is closing all residence halls on campus as it offers online classes to students during the coronavirus outbreak. Ferris will offer remote instruction through June 1. 

Michigan Congressman John Moolenaar is keeping busy during the coronavirus pandemic. He held a telephone town hall Thursday afternoon and says he’s worked on legislation to help the country and Michigan.