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Dining ban lifts on February 1st

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services hinted at it yesterday, but Friday a new Epidemic Order allowing indoor dining next month became Governor official. Chowing down on the town will have some limits though. Governor Gretchen Whitmer allowed MDHHS chief medical executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun to run through them.

This slide shows the new way restaurants will be open, with some restrictions, including a 25% capacity limit and a curfew at 10 PM.

The new order allows for concessions at entertainment venues like movie theaters and capacity limits will be going up at stadiums.

Whitmer led off her remarks by congratulating the new United States President Joe Biden on his swearing in. She lauded him for invoking the Defense Production Act to help create additional supplies of the COVID-19 vaccines and of personal protective equipment. The governor did not give an explanation for why the state has administered only 60% of the vaccine doses it has already been allocated. Whitmer also touted her economic relief bill that was unveiled earlier this week, asking the legislature to pass it swiftly.

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