Detroit contractors report plowing mission has completed
Detroit contractors have plowed 1,884 miles of residential streets, and the city met its 6 p.m. Friday goal to clear the roads. Expectations of that effort from the DPW were to have passable streets, not necessarily cleared down to the pavement. In addition, because the city got less snow than was initially forecast, it decided to do a single plow pass.
Detroit expands outdoor dining program
click to enlarge East EatsThe City of Detroit has moved to expand outdoor dining in an effort to support local restaurants and keep diners safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.The new program will run from Dec. 1 to April 1, 2021, and will feature more domes and tent-like seating options for restaurants.“Our local restaurants continue to face challenges as a result of COVID-19 related restrictions on sit-down dining capacity," said Ron Brundidge, the city's director of public works, adding the program "will give businesses an opportunity to service patrons in a safe manner. "Indoor dining has been identified as a hotspot of coronavirus transmission. Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently suspended indoor dining service until early December in an effort to mitigate rising case counts in the state.The new program will allow for sidewalks, street parking, and private parking lots to be converted to outdoor dining and retail space to support businesses. Additional streets will be blocked off and designated “cafe and retail zones.”Enclosed outdoor seating will be a key part of the program, but the city has provided specific guidelines including capacity, heating specifications, and specific floor plans.Additionally, only people who reside in the same residence can eat in a dome together.Businesses interested in applying for the winter program can do so at detroitmeansbusiness.org Applications are subject to an eight-day approval process.metrotimes.com
LIVE STREAM: Duggan to speak on Detroit speed cushion program, flu shots
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will hold a press conference on Wednesday to announce an expansion of the city’s speed cushion program, as well as a flu shot campaign. Watch the event live at 1:45 p.m. in the video player above. The Mayor will also be joined by representatives from local health networks Henry Ford Health System, Ascension Health and the Detroit Medical Center to kick-off an aggressive flu vaccination campaign targeted at increasing the number of people vaccinated and reducing cases of seasonal influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair and Mayor Duggan will also receive their flu vaccinations during the briefing.