Restaurants, other public facilities across Michigan ordered to close


Governor Whitmer’s order is now extended to May 28. Photo used with permission from the Gerald R. Ford School at the University of Michigan.

Maddie Weekley '21, Copy Editor

Due to the coronavirus, restaurants, cafes, movie theaters, fitness centers and other public facilities will be closed at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16 until March 30 under an executive order signed by Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer.

“This disease is a challenge unlike any we’ve experienced in our lifetimes,” Whitmer said in a press release. “Fighting it will cause significant but temporary changes to our daily lives. By practicing social distancing and taking aggressive action now, the state is working to mitigate the spread of coronavirus so we reduce the risk that our healthcare system becomes overwhelmed.”

Delivery, window service and carryout will remain available alternatives to dining in, but only five people are allowed inside a restaurant at a time to pick up their orders and they must stay six feet apart according to Whitner’s press release. These restrictions do not apply to grocery stores, drug stores or health care facilities.