(ETH) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has just issued new coronavirus-related restrictions that could potentially result in violators serving jail time. These new restrictions have come on the heels of COVID-19 cases spiking worldwide, and winter just around the corner, as well as The U.S reportedly setting multiple records for daily new cases last week.
Meanwhile, Michigan Democratic Governor. Gretchen Whitmer is responding to the latest spike in cases by rolling back the state’s reopening plan in parts of the state. TheBlaze, has reported that The MDHHS issued updated guidance last Thursday that is requiring all dine-in restaurants, barbershops, and salons, tattoo shops, businesses that provide in-home services like cleaning or repairs, gyms, and entertainment facilities to record the personal information of each patron or client.
The report goes on to state that the newly updated mandate also forces such businesses to deny services to any customer “who does not provide, at a minimum, their name, and phone number.”. According to Officials, the information provided would be used to “aid contract tracing.”
What’s more shocking is that the order is so broad, that it essentially applies to everyone in the state of Michigan. “Upon request, businesses, schools, and other facilities must provide names and phone numbers of individuals with possible COVID-19 exposure to MDHHS and local health departments to aid in contact tracing and case investigation efforts,” the order says.
The report goes further to warn that Businesses or individuals who violate the order may be subject to jail time. “[V]iolation of this order is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or a fine of not more than $200.00, or both,” the order reads. “The updated restrictions also limits non-residential indoor gatherings to just 50 people — down from 500 — and states, “For all non-residential gatherings, if attendees are seated at tables, no more than six persons may share a table and tables must be spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart.”