Restaurants, Bars Get Capacity Increased To 50%

Starting Friday, restaurants and bars in Michigan can expand and be open until 11 p.m. Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the announcement this afternoon.

“We are announcing that restaurants and bars can operate at 50% capacity,” says Whitmer. “That’s up from 25%. I’m also pleased that we can now allow visitations and nursing homes, too.”

Retail, casinos, gyms and stadiums can allow more people in as well. Whitmer and Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel say it’s due to more vaccines going into arms and generally lower case rates.

“The continuing trend of decline in our case rates, our positivity rates, and the ability for hospitals to care for individuals when they need care really led us to look at the orders that we had in place and deciding that we were in a position where we could loosen some of these restrictions a little bit further,” says Hertel

The new restrictions are in place until April 19.