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State Will Rely On Individuals To Report More Than Two Households At Thanksgiving

The state of Michigan will be relying on individuals submitting reports of violations as a way to enforce restrictions on Thanksgiving Day gatherings.

On Sunday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service issued an order limiting all holiday gatherings to just two households and no more than 10 people. That means a family hosting a Thanksgiving dinner could only invite individuals from one other household.

“If MDHHS receives an allegation of a violation of the department’s order, the department will refer the matter to the local health department or law enforcement,” said Lynn Sutfin, spokeswoman for the MDHHS, in an email. “The first remediation method is to discuss the situation with the person responsible for the violation and attempt to resolve the situation without issuing a citation. The local health department or MDHHS – as a referral from the Michigan State Police – may issue an administrative citation for violating the department’s order. The department hopes that residents will do the right thing and follow these orders to save lives and protect their family, friends and community from further spread of COVID-19.”

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