5/19/20 – Here’s what can reopen in which Michigan counties under new state order Updated May 18, 2020; Posted May 18, 2020

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer . Photo from the Governor's Office. 1/20/20.

(Mlive) — Michigan is taking a big step in the likely long journey back to “normal” as the spread of the coronavirus continues to slow.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the reopening of much of the economy in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula surrounding Traverse County beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, in addition to allowing small social gatherings.

“Keep your wits about you. Let’s not all go rushing out and force a closure eventually.”

More detail Monday’s announcement here: Northern Michigan restaurants and shops can reopen Friday, Whitmer says

What may open:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Social gatherings of up to 10 people
  • Retail stores
  • Offices for which business operations can’t be performed remotely

Bar and restaurant guidelines:

  • Restaurants and bars may only serve customers at 50% of their normal capacity
  • Businesses must maintain six feet of separation between parties
  • No buffets or self-serve beverage stations
  • Waiting areas should be closed and customers should wait in their cars for seating
  • Patrons should wear face coverings until they are seated
  • Hosts and servers must wear face coverings in dining areas
  • Employees must wear face coverings and gloves in kitchens or food preparation areas
  • Full list of guidelines