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Posted on: October 14, 2020

East Lansing City Council Adopts Emergency Ordinance Requiring Compliance with Public Health Orders

EAST LANSING, Mich. — At last night’s East Lansing City Council meeting, Council unanimously approved the adoption of a new emergency ordinance requiring compliance with public health orders.

Under the new ordinance, any person who violates a public health order issued by the State of Michigan, the Ingham County Health Department or the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (including health officers and directors) could receive a municipal civil infraction ticket, punishable by a fine of $500. The emergency ordinance will go into effect on Thursday, Oct. 15.

“This new ordinance provides our police officers with the ability to write tickets for public health violations, specifically for exceeding indoor and outdoor social gathering limits and all other public health orders that have been put into place to protect the health, safety and welfare of the East Lansing community,” said East Lansing Mayor Aaron Stephens. 

“Given the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in our community and the upcoming MSU football season, this is an important tool for enforcement that we hope will encourage fans to cheer on the Spartans safely and responsibly,” said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas. “It’s important that we all continue to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.” 

Community members are reminded of the following public health and emergency orders:

  • Outdoor social gatherings are currently restricted to no more than 10 people in parts of East Lansing. The restricted area stretches from the northern edge of the MSU campus to Burcham Drive and is bounded by Harrison Road to the west and Hagadorn Road to the east, including properties adjacent to those streets.  Additionally, outdoor social gatherings at residential venues must be comprised of no more than three households. 
  • Outdoor social gatherings at residential venues throughout the remainder of East Lansing and the state are limited to 25 people or less and must be comprised of no more than three households. 
  • Indoor social gatherings throughout the state are limited to 10 people or less and must be comprised of no more than two households. 
  • All social gatherings, indoors and out, should be designed to ensure that people from different households maintain a social distance of at least six feet.
  • All persons participating in gatherings must wear a mask and masks are also required inside businesses, public transit systems, government buildings, schools, organized events and other public venues. Click here to learn more about the exceptions and additional mask requirements.
  • Masks are required at all times, indoors and outside, in the boundaries of the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority district per an order issued by Mayor Stephens and the latest Gatherings and Face Masks order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

This is not an all-encompassing list of public health orders. Additional orders can be viewed at, and

It’s also important for community members to note that as future public health orders are put into place, they can be enforced under this new emergency ordinance. 

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