LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Restaurant owners and workers will be busy this weekend getting ready for in-person dining to resume on Monday morning in Michigan.
However, the easing of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “three-week pause” order set in place in November does not come without restrictions.
Restaurants can only reach 25% capacity and must close by 10 pm.
Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association President and CEO Justin Winslow said in a Facebook post, “We maintain that there is no faster way to build back better than through the systematic, expedited vaccination of Michigan’s hospitality industry.” Winslow pointed out that “Michigan hotels and restaurants represent 10 percent of the state’s GDP and more than 12 percent of its workforce, yet have lost 3,000 restaurants and more than 200,000 jobs since the onset of the pandemic.”
Industry officials have previously said that the state’s capacity restrictions further strangle the already struggling hospitality sector. The state is also encouraging restaurants and bars to revamp their HVAC systems.
The governor’s latest order extends through February 21st.