Announced yesterday (November 15) by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the Executive Order is aimed at limiting residential and non-residential gatherings and covers a range of facilities.
The order will see casinos close at 12:01am on November 18 and not reopen until 11:59pm on December 8 at the earliest.
Aside from casinos, this will also apply to other recreational facilities including amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, night clubs, skating rinks and water parks.
Entertainment venues such as auditoriums, arenas, cinemas, conference centres, concert halls, sporting venues, stadiums and theatres will also have to close until the second week of December.
The order comes after Michigan in recent weeks has seen a significant increase in the number of positive Covid-19 tests and related deaths. The state’s latest figures, from November 14, showed 7,430 new positive tests and 68 deaths.