Detroit mayor warns bars, restaurants to remain at 50 percent capacity amid COVID-19 pandemic

43 new cases connected to bar in East Lansing

As Michigan sees an uptick in new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan wants to ensure bars and restaurants are following the rules and staying at 50 percent capacity.
As Michigan sees an uptick in new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan wants to ensure bars and restaurants are following the rules and staying at 50 percent capacity.

DETROIT – As Michigan sees an uptick in new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan wants to ensure bars and restaurants are following the rules and staying at 50 percent capacity.

“You could have two or three spark a new burst of COVID,” Duggan said. “We can’t have that happen.”

READ: Appeals court: Michigan gyms, fitness center remain closed

Last weekend some Detroit bars, restaurants and nightclubs were packed with people.

Just like Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in East Lansing, where officials are reporting at least 43 new COVID-19 cases are connected to that one location.

Detroit officials said there was no social distancing going on at all at bars and restaurants in the city. There were also reports of employees not wearing mask.

Duggan wouldn’t identify any of the restaurants. He did say that police and the health department are visiting each place to tell them to get the situation under control or they’ll be shut down.

READ: Annual Jobbie Nooner boat party happening Friday despite pandemic


About the Authors:

Shawn Ley is an Emmy-Award winning reporter. In more than 20 years covering stories in television news, Shawn’s reporting has taken him from war-torn eastern Europe, to reporting from an F-16 fighter jet and now to the fast and furious breaking news of Detroit.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.