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Michigan restaurants and bars hope to reopen for dine-in service by May 29

Industry group releases roadmap to reopening

Vasi's Cafe is shown closed in St. Clair Shores, Mich., Friday, May 8, 2020. Many restaurants have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Vasi's Cafe is shown closed in St. Clair Shores, Mich., Friday, May 8, 2020. Many restaurants have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan restaurants and bars are pushing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to let them reopen for dine-in service on May 29.

An industry group on Friday released a “roadmap” to reopening, with guidance such as requiring masks for workers and keeping tables and bar stools 6 feet apart.

Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association, says 20 restaurants a day are permanently going out of business under the coronavirus restrictions. Michigan reported 50 additional COVID-19 deaths and 680 more cases.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases continued to decline for the sixth consecutive day.

According to state data, the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 46,326 as of Saturday morning, including 4,393 deaths. Meanwhile, a total of 15,659 people have recovered.

Read the full roadmap below:


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