Whitmer: Retail businesses in northern Michigan can reopen

May 18, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Credit State of Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced that retail businesses in much of northern Michigan, including restaurants and bars, can reopen starting Friday. The bars and restaurants will have to limit their capacity to 50%. Groups will be required to stay 6 feet apart and servers will wear face coverings. The move affects two of the eight regions identified in the governor's gradual reopening plan amid the coronavirus pandemic. One covers the Upper Peninsula and another includes 17 counties in the northern Lower Peninsula, including the Traverse City area. Office work will resume in the region if work cannot be done remotely.