Gov. Whitmer Signs Executive Order Closing Indoor Service at Bars, Bill Package Allowing Cocktails-to-Go

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Gov. Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-143, which closes indoor service at bars throughout much of lower Michigan effective July 1 at 11 p.m. This excludes Regions Six and Eight including the Upper Peninsula and much of northern Michigan. Outdoor service can continue at bars statewide.

These measures are in response to the uptick in cases reported this week in every region across the state – many of which have been connected to large gatherings at local bars. Gov. Whitmer encourages Michiganders to double down on practices like wearing masks, physical distancing, and handwashing to slow the spread of the virus across the state and continue the progress already made.

According to a press release from the Governor’s office, the order applies to establishments with on-premises retailer liquor licenses that earn more than 70% of their gross receipts from alcohol sales. Most brewpubs, distilleries, and vineyards can stay open indoors in accordance with existing executive orders requiring masks, physical distancing, and reduced capacity, among other regulations. Traditional bars, nightclubs, and strip clubs will have to end indoor service.

Gov. Whitmer today also signed into law Senate Bill 942 and House Bills 5781 and 5811, measures the Chamber supported through the legislative process. These laws allow the sale of cocktails-to-go at bars and restaurants and expand social districts with additional outdoor seating and areas that allow visitors to gather while physically distancing.

View the full release issued by the Governor’s office.

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