As Restaurants Reopen Today, Michigan’s New Safer Dining Program Helps Improve Their Air Ventilation

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Michigan released the COVID-19 Safer Dining Plan, which includes a voluntary program that allows restaurants to work with a licensed HVAC contractor to improve air ventilation.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced restaurants can reopen starting Feb. 1, with safety measurements in place.

The plan outlines guidelines including 25% capacity limits, mask-wearing when not eating or drinking, six feet between tables, no more than six people at a table, and a 10 p.m. curfew.

“The pause has worked. The efforts we have made together to protect our families, frontline workers, and hospitals have dramatically reduced cases and we have saved lives. Now, we are confident that starting Feb. 1, restaurants can resume indoor dining with safety measures in place,” Gov. Whitmer said in a press release.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) also launched a new site dedicated to COVID-19 workplace safety Friday, complete with fact sheets, reopening checklists, and coronavirus safety posters for employees.

Through MIOSHA, the Governor proposed funding to support the program as part of the $10 million budget plan for COVID-19 safety.

Restaurants can apply here to participate in the program.

*Originally published in the Detroit Free Press. 


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