Gov: Restaurants Can Start Indoor Seating on February 1st

Indoor Dining Could Resume In February

Indoor Dining Could Resume In February

One business segment that has suffered innumerable losses and devastated its workforce during this pandemic is the Dining industry.

Not only did the governor announce the possible resumption of indoor dining she also announced a plethora of activities that can resume. The Senate GOP is threatening to reject Whitmer nominations unless the ban is lifted. Whitmer stated that the re-opening would likely require bars and restaurants to abide by strong safety and mitigation measures including mask requirements, capacity limits and a potential curfew.

As of now indoor dining, water parks and nightclubs remain closed. This includes indoor group exercise and non-contact sports.

MLive reports: Whitmer announced the changes at a news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

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The state's director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Robert Gordon, says the "working plan" will include capacity limits and a curfew, and the "ultimate decision depends on COVID-19 data continuing to stabilize", according to a press release on Wednesday. She pointed to a grant program for eligible MI workers opening on Friday, and championed the program. Impacted businesses are also eligible for up to $20,000 from the state. Whitmer said re-engagement won't work without the confidence of consumers and workers.

Republicans in the Legislature expressed frustration with the continuation of the indoor dining ban. Whitmer responded to say that was really risky and irresponsible and hopes they don't intend to carry out any threats as they are working to engage that sector of the economy. Casinos, bowling centers and theatres were allowed to open with restrictions in December.

Overall case rates: increasing, now at 266 cases per million. Whitmer says we need to see all three trends go down before reopening.

There are 531,004 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 13,672 total deaths in MI, the state reported Thursday. The money has to be allocated by the legislature and approved by the Governor. This will help expedite the distribution around the state.

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