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Gov. Whitmer to temporarily shut down bars and restaurants

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Posted at 8:16 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 08:35:33-04
LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) —

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to issue an order to shut down dine-in services at all bars and restaurants in Michigan amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The order is expected to go into effect at 3 p.m. Monday, March 16.

There are currently 53 positive cases of coronavirus in Michigan.

This most recent order follows Whitmer's order to close schools across the state, along with a ban on public gatherings of more than 250 people.

Sunday, the CDC announced a more aggressive guideline - suggesting that events of more than 50 people be postponed for the next 8 weeks to stop the spread of COVID19.

Additionally on Sunday, Whitmer announced a new executive order aimed at cracking down on price-gouging during this pandemic.

"No one shall sell any good, material, emergency supply or consumer food item more than 20 percent higher than they charged as of March 9, 2020 unless the person demonstrates that the price increase is attributable to an increase in the cost of bringing that product to market," said Attorney General Dana Nessel.