Oakland County health officer issues order to limit occupancy load at county establishments and reduce public exposure risk

Pontiac, Mich., March 14, 2020 – Oakland County Health Division has issued an order to reduce occupancy load by 50 percent at county establishments with a food service license, excluding healthcare facilities, long-term care, and grocery stores. The order also limits occupancy load of entertainment venues and physical fitness centers to 50 percent. State law provides the county health officer with the authority to issue orders to protect the public health under Section 2453 of the Public Health Code (MCL 333.2453).

“This is a proactive step to ensure that our restaurants and other venues can provide our residents with safe environments and protect their employees,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “We are committed to taking every necessary action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Oakland County.”

The Health Division has a printable sign which venues can post on their doors to notify customers of the capacity restriction. Business owners may download an electronic version of the sign at oakgov.com/health. The health order takes effect March 16, 2020 through April 5, 2020.

“We know this virus is in our community and social distancing is vital to keep our residents healthy and stop the spread of illness,” said Oakland County Health Officer Leigh-Anne Stafford, who issued the order. “Strong measures are necessary to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases.”

Food service establishments include but are not limited to restaurants, bars, church dining halls, schools, carry out, catering, country clubs, banquet halls, and fraternal organizations. Entertainment venues and physical fitness centers include but are not limited to theaters, auditoriums, concerts, conferences, sporting events, gaming establishments, and trampoline parks.

The order and sign are attached here.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media & communications officer, at (248) 858-1048.


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