Gov. Whitmer declares ‘Downtown Day’ to help Michigan businesses struggling during pandemic

Michiganders urged to spend time, money in downtowns struggling due to coronavirus

Royal Oak businesses hope to see increased sales

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared Saturday (Sept. 26) “Downtown Day” across the state of Michigan.

The goal is to get Michiganders to spend time and money in downtowns that have struggled during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Whitmer’s proclamation was requested by the Michigan Downtown Association to help all struggling downtowns across the state, not just in Metro Detroit.

Small businesses, shops and restaurants in cities from Ann Arbor to Dearborn to Royal Oak are hoping to get a boost Saturday.

Hank Winchester got a firsthand look at how owners are preparing. You can watch his full story in the video posted above.

About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Derick is the Lead Digital Editor for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.