Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan is reopening indoor dining on Feb. 1.
The order, which runs through Feb. 21, says restaurants and bars will be allowed to offer indoor dining at 25% capacity with up to 100 people and must close by 10 p.m. In addition, tables must be six feet apart with no more than six people per table.
“The science around this virus is settled, and if we can all wear masks and be very smart about congregating, and not do it unless it’s necessary, washing our hands, doing that social distancing, we will be in a strong position in a few weeks,” Whitmer said during a press conference. “And we’ll be able to do more. That’s the hope."
Ahh, the science. And, maybe, a little bit of timing. Whitmer, whose insane lockdown restrictions have challenged even Gavin Newsom's, announced her state is lifting a major ban just two days after Joe Biden's inauguration.
"That is just a coincidence," the New York Times is probably drafting as we speak.
Social media did say Biden's inaugural address made them want to run through a wall. Did Whitmer run back to Lansing so pumped that she decided to let the state live a bit again? I don't make guesses, but I was glad to see Whitmer's so happy on #InaugurationDay.
Whatever new evidence in the fight against COVID was found this week, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser noticed it too. Friday, the same day of Whitmer's announcement, Bowser lifted the ban on indoor dining in D.C.
Whitmer has always wanted to be a trend-setter, and perhaps other unreasonable governors will now follow her lead. Though if you live in California, don't get too excited. Due to Gavin Newsom's unbelievable level of incompetence, his state must first fight its way out of ranking dead-last in administering the vaccines.
As of now, there is no word on what Michigan's latest COVID ruling means for Whitmer's husband and his boat.