LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Starting Tuesday, June 1st, Michigan’s restaurants and bars will no longer have curfews under revised state orders.

The welcome boost in business is expected at bars and restaurants now that they can seat more than six people at a table and do not have to space the tables so far apart.

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However, restaurants and bars are still operating at 50 percent capacity, which has been in effect for months despite the lack of scientific data tying COVID-19 cases to these establishments.

Restaurant owners say the next hurdle is getting people back to work, as “help wanted” signs can be seen on business windows all over the state.

Rich Studley with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce said this move is long overdue. “We will keep pushing [lawmakers and the governor] to stop micromanaging the lives of 10 million Michiganders.”

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The slew of executive mandates and orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services continued into 2021 even as other states run by Democratic governors opened up. “Trying to [manage us] from Lansing is an impossible task,” Studley added. “They need to just stop.”

Today’s adjustments are part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new plan to reopen the state after vaccine numbers plateaued.