Gov. Whitmer Signs Order Closing Indoor Service at Bars for Much of Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has closed indoor service at bars again throughout much of the Lower Peninsula to protect the progress Michigan has made in the fight against COVID-19.

Bars in Regions 6 and 8, which include the Upper Peninsula and much of northern Michigan, are excluded and can continue indoor service.

The executive order allows bars statewide to continue outdoor service. The governor also signed a package of bills this week to allow cocktails-to-go at bars and restaurants.

The order applies to establishments with on-premises retailer liquor licenses that earn more than 70% of their gross receipts from alcohol sales. That means that most brewpubs, distilleries, and vineyards can stay open indoors. Traditional bars, nightclubs, and strip clubs will have to end indoor service.

The decision to close indoor service comes as a growing number of outbreaks have been linked to recently reopened bars. In Ingham County, health officials linked 107 COVID-19 cases to an outbreak at a single bar in East Lansing.

The order takes effect at 11 p.m. July 1.

This is a developing story. Stay with Northern Michigan’s News Leader as we work to bring you additional details.



Categories: Coronavirus