Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would create dedicated facilities for coronavirus-infected patients who aren’t sick enough to be hospitalized or placed in a nursing home under a bill approved by the state Senate. The Republican-sponsored legislation, which passed Wednesday, is a response to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policy that allows people with COVID-19 to be put in nursing homes if they are isolated from residents without the virus. Under the measure sent to the House, people could not stay in a nursing home or be admitted there unless they have recovered from the virus or the home can provide a designated area for them.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 30 cases of the coronavirus have been linked to a popular bar near Michigan State University. Ingham County health officials are urging people to self-quarantine if they had visited Harper’s between June 12 and June 20. Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub has temporarily closed after reopening on June 8. The owners are installing an air filtration system and coming up with a plan to manage lines outside the bar. Meanwhile, the state health department reported 323 new cases statewide, the highest daily figure in June. There were four deaths reported Wednesday.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan are investigating a confrontation in which a man serving as security for a small group of racial injustice protesters pointed an assault-style rifle at a man on a motorcycle. Protest organizer Paul Birdsong tells WLNS-TV that the motorcyclist refused to go around the group blocking an intersection in Lansing last week. The man pointing the rifle can be heard on video telling the motorcyclist “if you’re going to run us over, I’m going to protect my crowd.” Birdsong tells the television station that the man serving as security points the gun after the motorcyclist revs his engine. Attorney Lucas Dillon says his client was protecting the group.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People could order cocktails for pickup or delivery from Michigan bars and restaurants through 2025 under a bill that has won final approval and is expected to be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The “cocktails-to-go” bill, approved Wednesday, is part of a broader package that also includes a temporary cut in state liquor prices to help businesses hurting during the coronavirus pandemic. The state already lets bars and restaurants sell unopened beer and wine to go. The package also would let local governments designate “social districts” where people could drink alcohol outside in common areas.