VIDEO: Traverse City bars reopen at midnight as loosened restrictions begin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer loosened COVID-19 restrictions

Starting Friday, bars and restaurants in Northern Michigan can reopen with limited capacity.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that she is partially reopening businesses and lifting medical restrictions across the entire state.

READ: Michigan Gov. Whitmer partially reopens businesses, lifts medical restrictions statewide

Ever since the governor’s stay-at-home order went into effect back in March restaurants could only offer carry out and bars have been shut down.

In Traverse City, restaurants and bars started to reopen at midnight Friday.

One bar in Traverse City has asked people who are not from the area to stay out of the bar.

This comes as Whitmer has allowed gatherings of 10 people or fewer. People are still expected to follow social distancing guidelines.

Medical, dental and veterinary procedures can resume next Friday. Retail and auto dealerships can reopen Tuesday, but by appointment only.

MORE: Here’s how all 83 Michigan counties are divided into regions in Gov. Whitmer’s reopening plan

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