Michigan Announces Re-Opening of Indoor Activities Two Days After Biden’s Inauguration
Whitmer told Americans not to traveled to see their family for Christmas then traveled for the Democratic high-five party in DC
Last week, leaders in Michigan announced a plan to open indoor dining by February 1. Now, the state has released a new epidemic order that reopens more activities.
The order will allow for indoor dining at restaurants with certain requirements; concessions at casinos, movie theaters, and stadiums; personal services requiring mask removal; and non-residential gatherings of up to 10 people from two households. The new order will last three weeks, until Sunday, Feb. 21.“
Restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity with up to 100 people. Tables must be six feet apart with no more than six people per table. Outdoor tents with four sides are permitted under these same rules. Bars and restaurants must close by 10 p.m. Additionally, contact information must be collected from diners for contact tracing purposes.
Indoor residential and non-residential gatherings are limited to 10 people and two households. MDHHS continues to urge families to avoid indoor gatherings or to pick a single other household to interact with consistent with guidance already released by the department. Families are encouraged to stay home as much as possible to maintain momentum and to protect loved ones. Families are also encouraged to Mask Up, Mask Right, using guidance for what masks to wear and how to wear them.
The epidemic order continues to temporarily pause indoor contact sports and other venues and activities where participants have close physical contacts and are not consistently masked, like water parks. However, as of Jan. 22, stadiums can allow up to 500 people at venues that seat over 10,000 people and stadiums that seat less than 10,000 are allowed to be at 20% capacity, up to 250 people. This will allow for additional attendance at high school football finals being hosted this weekend.
As before, employees who work in jobs that cannot be performed from home can continue to go to work, while employees who can work from home should continue to do so.
Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan is reopening indoor dining on Feb. 1.
The order, which runs through Feb. 21, says restaurants and bars will be allowed to offer indoor dining at 25% capacity with up to 100 people and must close by 10 p.m. In addition, tables must be six feet apart with no more than six people per table.
“The science around this virus is settled, and if we can all wear masks and be very smart about congregating, and not do it unless it’s necessary, washing our hands, doing that social distancing, we will be in a strong position in a few weeks,” Whitmer said during a press conference. “And we’ll be able to do more. That’s the hope.”
Ahh, the science. And, maybe, a little bit of timing. Whitmer, whose insane lockdown restrictions have challenged even Gavin Newsom’s, announced her state is lifting a major ban just two days after Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“That is just a coincidence,” the New York Times is probably drafting as we speak.
Social media did say Biden’s inaugural address made them want to run through a wall. Did Whitmer run back to Lansing so pumped that she decided to let the state live a bit again? I don’t make guesses, but I was glad to see Whitmer’s so happy on #InaugurationDay.
Whatever new evidence in the fight against COVID was found this week, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser noticed it too. Friday, the same day of Whitmer’s announcement, Bowser lifted the ban on indoor dining in D.C.
Whitmer has always wanted to be a trend-setter, and perhaps other unreasonable governors will now follow her lead. Though if you live in California, don’t get too excited. Due to Gavin Newsom’s unbelievable level of incompetence, his state must first fight its way out of ranking dead-last in administering the vaccines.
As of now, there is no word on what Michigan’s latest COVID ruling means for Whitmer’s husband and his boat.