East Lansing community leaders urge residents to follow COVID safety measures

EAST LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – The City of East Lansing, the Ingham County Health Department and Michigan State University are working together to provide some key safety measures to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The main people leading this effort are Linda Vail, Ingham County’s Health Officer, MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., and Aaron Stephens, Mayor of East Lansing.

Here are some safety guidelines to keep in mind:

• Outdoor social gatherings are limited to no more than 15 people in any part of East Lansing, and indoor gatherings are limited to no more than 15 people from no more than three households in the entire community. For more information, see ICHD Emergency Order 2021-1 and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ latest gathering and face mask ordinance. Organizers must design their gatherings to encourage and maintain physical distancing, and they must ensure that people who are not part of the same group are as far as possible six feet apart.

• Inside and outside covers covering both the mouth and nose are required at all times on the MSU campus and downtown East Lansing.

• If you visit restaurants and bars during St. Patrick’s Day or other busy times, you will be asked to use the various line management apps and / or reservation systems that companies use to plan their visits. Lines outside of businesses and social gatherings of 15 or more people are prohibited in the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority district on St. Patrick’s Day under a new Mayor’s Ordinance. For social gatherings of 15 or fewer people, all participants must wear face covers and keep a physical distance of two meters from anyone outside their household. The order is valid from Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 00:01 a.m. to Thursday, March 18, 2021, 2:00 a.m.

• The City of East Lansing has an emergency ordinance in place that fines US $ 500 for breaches of public health regulations, including size limits for social gatherings. Public health violations involving MSU students are also reported to the university, which can lead to university penalties ranging from education to expulsion.

• Anyone who is part of the MSU community should adhere to the MSU Community Compact at all times.

• A COVID-19 exposure notification app, MI COVID Alert, is available for download for MSU students, faculties, staff and members of the local community.

Members of the East Lansing community can report group limit violations, noise complaints, and other complaints in the neighborhood by calling the East Lansing Police Department at (517) 351-4220, Option 2. If a caller wishes to remain anonymous, they can request this when you speak to the dispatcher.

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