TRI-CITY AREA — Updated epidemic orders are due to take affect on Friday, March 5. Among them are increased capacity limits at businesses, the allowance of larger gatherings and resumption of visiting at residential care facilities.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the changes on Tuesday, March 2.

Starting Friday, restaurants and bars are allowed to be at 50 percent capacity, up to 100 people, with an 11 p.m. curfew. Retail stores will also be allowed a maximum of 50 percent capacity. Exercise facilities will be allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity.

Additionally, indoor non-residential gatherings will be permitted, up to 25 people. That will allow public meetings to resume.

As for visitors at residential care facilities, they will be allowed as long as the facility has not had a new COVID-19 case in the last 14 days. All indoor visitors 13 and older will be subject to a rapid test.

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