Retail businesses in most of northern Michigan can re-open on May 22

Posted at 12:55 PM, May 18, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced that retail businesses in much of northern Michigan, including restaurants and bars, can re-open starting Friday.

The bars and restaurants will have to limit their capacity to 50%.

Groups will be required to stay six feet apart, and servers will wear face coverings.

The move affects two of the eight regions identified in the governor’s gradual re-opening plan amid the coronavirus pandemic.

One covers the Upper Peninsula and another includes 17 counties in the northern Lower Peninsula, including the Traverse City area.

Office work will resume in the region if the work cannot be done remotely.

Read the entire executive order (2020-92) on re-opening part of northern Michigan signed by Gov. Whitmer today.