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Tips Optional, But Dine-In Service Now Requires Leaving Name, Phone Number

Schools, businesses must turn over names of those ‘with possible COVID-19 exposure’

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released new and more restrictive rules on Oct. 29 that require businesses and schools to provide the names and phone numbers of individuals with “possible” COVID-19 exposure to state officials. It’s unclear in the order if the individuals include all customers, too.

The information would be used for contact tracing and case investigations, according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Also, all dine-in food establishments will have to collect the names and phone numbers of patrons who purchase food for consumption on the premises, along with the date and time of the purchase, effective Nov. 2. The order has no expiration date.

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