What Governor’s Executive Order Means for MTU

by University Marketing and Communications

On Wednesday (July 29), Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 160. Here’s what the executive order, specifically the 10-person limit, means to Michigan Tech.

The Executive Order limits indoor “social gatherings and organized events” to a maximum of 10 people.  While we are not given specific definitions of these terms, the Michigan Association of State Universities has obtained clarification from the Governor’s Office that the limit is not applicable to educational or workplace environments. 

Please note that even where the restriction applies, some of these events may be able to proceed with larger numbers if held outdoors. 

Here’s a chart to help you understand what is and is not covered by the limit on the number of people who may gather indoors: 

Activity 10 Person Limit Indoors Notes
Class No 6′ distancing applies
Training employees No 6′ distancing applies. If possible, training should be available remotely for all or some participants
Event hosted by an outside organization Yes 6′ distancing also applies
New Student Move In No 6′ distancing applies. Time spent in groups should be minimized
Faculty Orientation No 6′ distancing applies. If possible, orientation should be available remotely for all or some participants
College or Departmental Retreats No 6′ distancing applies. If possible, retreat should be available remotely for all or some participants
RSO Events Yes 6′ distancing also applies
Retirement Party Yes 6′ distancing also applies
Incidental Gatherings No 6′ distancing applies. People should disperse if groups are forming
Resume Writing Workshop No 6′ distancing applies. If possible, workshop should be available remotely for all or some participants
Interview Skills Workshop No 6′ distancing applies. If possible, workshop should be available remotely for all or some participants
SDC No Fitness centers are subject to different capacity limits
Dining Halls No Dining halls and restaurants are subject to different capacity limits
Rozsa Center No Performance venues are subject to different capacity limits