(TBEN DETROIT) – Bars and restaurants will soon welcome customers.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced on Wednesday that in-home meals could resume on February 1.
“Our restaurateurs have made significant sacrifices over the past ten months to keep communities safe and save lives; and there’s no doubt it’s been tough. For the owners, for the employees, I know it hasn’t been easy, ”she says.
Last November, state health regulators banned restaurants from allowing customers to dine to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The order was due to expire on Friday, but has been extended to continue to track trends in COVID cases.
“The restaurant industry across the country, around the world frankly, is struggling because we know that the places where people mix households, take off their masks and eat indoors are inherently where we see it. spread, ”she said.
Governor Whitmer says if cases remain on a downward curve, dining rooms could reopen with capacity restrictions, mask requirements and curfews.
“And I’ll keep you posted on the Michigan numbers if we stay on track to resume this dinner on Feb. 1, which is our greatest hope,” Whitmer said.
The new expansion also gives the green light to indoor group exercises and non-contact sports.