Governor Whitmer Hopes to Reopen Dine-In on February 1

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With Governor Whitmer’s latest announcement, Michigan restaurants are aiming to open on February 1. Here’s what you need to know.

Although the dine-in ban was extended, Governor Whitmer is still hoping to reopen restaurants by February 1. 

Michigan’s COVID numbers have been declining. If Michigan residents can keep this trend up, indoor dining may be allowed to resume on February 1 with some requirements. When restaurants reopen, there will be mask requirements, capacity limits, and a curfew to ensure the safety of our community. 

Under the latest order, more restrictions have been lifted and will go into effect on Saturday, January 16. This includes indoor fitness classes and non-contact sports to resume while indoor dining, water parks, and nightclubs are to remain closed. 

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Whitmer announced these changes at a news conference on Wednesday, January 13. Michigan State Law allows for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit gatherings during a pandemic. 

However, many restaurants and patrons are frustrated with this information. With no clear end date in sight, some restaurants and diners are reluctant to count on this reopen date. But as long as Michiganders continue to social distance, wear a mask, and stay safe during this time, there’s a good chance that dine-in will be available again in the very near future.

For more information regarding what’s permitted and what’s prohibited at this time, check out michigan.gov/coronavirus.