Gov. Whitmer clears some businesses in Northern Michigan to reopen Friday

Restaurants, bars, retail allowed to reopen with restrictions

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is allowing some businesses in the northern part of the state and the Upper Peninsula to reopen Friday.

UPDATE -- May 18, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 51,915; Death toll now at 4,915

The areas included in the executive order are region eight, which is all of the Upper Peninsula, and region six, which includes 17 counties in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula.

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“The whole state is watching to make sure we get this right,” Whitmer said.

Michigan is slowly easing restrictions and regaining some sense of normalcy.

“Our big fear, of course, is that Memorial Day weekend -- we know lots of people love to go north,” Whitmer said. “But we also know that it’s going to be really important for people to do their part.”

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