Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has lifted Michigan’s coronavirus stay-at-home order. Whitmer said Monday that restaurants can reopen to dine-in customers next week and she has eased limits on outdoor gatherings. Some businesses where close contact is necessary, including gyms, hair salons, theaters and casinos, will remain closed for now. Children’s day camps and pools can reopen June 8. Groups of up to 100 people can gather outside as long as they practice social distancing. Gyms and fitness centers can offer outdoor activities such as classes, practices, training sessions and games as long as participants, coaches and spectators stay 6 feet apart.
DETROIT (AP) — The mayor of Detroit is praising police, residents and clergy for preventing the violence that has marred other cities during protests over the death of George Floyd. Mayor Mike Duggan says Detroit is turning to each other instead of turning to the National Guard. In Grand Rapids, Police Chief Eric Payne spoke to protesters Monday while standing behind a line of National Guard members. Payne, who is black, said “black lives matter,” although he declined to cross the line to get closer. Payne says law enforcement is listening. Protests were also held in Marquette and Mount Pleasant.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Load up the trunks! Michigan residents who have been burdened for weeks with bottles and cans can return them again to stores, starting June 15. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had suspended the returns because of the possible spread of the coronavirus. As a result, bottles and cans with 10-cent deposits have been piling up in basements, garages and under the kitchen sink. There are estimates that the returnables are worth millions of dollars. Some people simply dropped cans and bottles in recycling bins or donated them to nonprofit groups.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The chairwoman of Michigan’s Democratic Party says people who support President Donald Trump are racist. Lavora Barnes, who is African American, issued a statement late Sunday saying she won’t remain silent because “uncomfortable” conversations must occur during protests over police killings of George Floyd and other black people. Trump has called demonstrators “thugs.” On Monday, Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox said police must be held accountable for Floyd’s death and African Americans too often are treated unfairly by law enforcement. But, she says, “calling over 2 million Michiganders ‘racist’ is unacceptable and only makes this tragedy worse.”