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Michigan Health Department closes smoking lounges to fight COVID-19 transmission

Added 02-24-21 12:23:01pm EST - “Michigan cigar and vaping lounges were caught off guard Monday afternoon by a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services memo effectively prohibiting smoking in their facilities.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Michigan Health Department closes smoking lounges to fight COVID-19 transmission”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Michigan cigar and vaping lounges were caught off guard Monday afternoon by a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services memo effectively prohibiting smoking in their facilities.

The enforcement, according to the memo, was prompted by MDHHS efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19. All smoking lounges in the state must require face masks be worn at all times.

The MDHHS memo was issued as new COVID-19 cases were reported on Monday to have fallen below a 4% 7-day positive rate, and the 7-day average for daily cases is near the lowest since October.

Violations will be considered a misdemeanor and subject to a $200 fine, and may result in a $1,000 civil citation for each violation or day that a violation continues.

“Businesses that permit smoking on their premises may also be cited for violations of the order,” the memo states.

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