SOUTHGATE, MI – An indoor wedding reception is associated with five confirmed cases of COVID-19 near Detroit. According to the Associated Press, the wedding took place on July 18 at the Crystal Gardens Banquet Hall in Southgate, about 11 miles southwest of Detroit.
More than 100 people attended the wedding, according to an investigation conducted by the Wayne County Public Health Division. Those who tested positive were instructed to isolate themselves, and the county continues to contact those who attended the wedding to see if there were more cases.
The wedding appears to be in violation of Gretchen Whitmer̵7;s executive order, which limits the number of people who can meet for an indoor event. The order currently requires no more than 10 people for an indoor event and 100 outdoors.
Wayne County is now reaching out to all banquet halls to remind them of state order and increase the number of inspections at banquet halls and other major locations.
“The safety and security of Wayne County residents is our top priority,” said Carol Austerberry, a county nurse. “Businesses must strive to comply with the rules to limit the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”
Since the pandemic began in March, Michigan has reported 79,176 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
In addition to regular hand washing and not touching the face, officials recommend practicing social distancing, provided that the virus can be worn by anyone.
Health officials say you should stay at least 6 meters away from others and, if possible, work from home.
Use disinfectant wipes or spray disinfectants on frequently affected household surfaces (door handles, faucets, boards) and carry hand sanitizer with you when you go to places such as shops.
The Michigan government of Gretchen Whitmer has also issued an enforcement order requiring people to wear face masks over their mouths and noses when they are inside enclosed public spaces.
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