Michigan Gov. Whitmer Reopens Dine-In, Retail Stores Following Lawsuits

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) continues to make headlines due to her poor management of COVID-19. At this time, the governor is facing multiple lawsuits from the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan Senate, grassroots organization Michigan United for Liberty, doctors, and others.


The lawsuits against Whitmer maintain that she has gone too far and that her orders are unconstitutional. Additional issues raised by the several plaintiffs against Gov. Whitmer assert that she failed to get approval from the Michigan State Legislature before extending the state of emergency and safer-at-home order.

Suffice it to say, the legal issues for Whitmer are mounting by the day. This might explain why the Michigan governor chose to back down from parts of her safer-at-home order and allow retail businesses and dine-in establishments in Northern Michigan to reopen this Friday, notes Breitbart News.

What to Know About Reopening Guidelines for Northern Michigan

On Friday, May 22, restaurants, bars, and retail stores are permitted to resume operations. Restaurants and bars must operate at no more than 50% capacity, while retail stores are obligated to operate at no more than 25% capacity. Likewise, workers must wear face masks, as must customers, unless they are consuming food.

Each of the aforementioned establishments is mandated to enforce social distancing and reopenings will only apply to regions six and eight of Michigan. Collectively, these two regions amount to just 7.5% of Michigan’s total population.

When announcing the slow re-engagement of these Michigan sectors, Gov. Whitmer urged state residents to not “descend upon” areas that will reopen on Friday. Likewise, the governor maintained that local governments in regions six and eight are permitted to implement restrictions of their own, if they deem it necessary.

What do you think about the reopening of Northern Michigan? Do you believe the lawsuits against Gov. Whitmer influenced her decision to relax parts of the safer-at-home order? Let us know in the comments section below!