Two days after Joe Biden’s inauguration, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan is reopening indoor dining on Feb. 1. Weird how that happened. And Michigan isn’t alone, other Democratic states and cities are so fond of the science found this week that they too are lifting COVID-19 bans.
If you’re keeping track at home that’s now New York state, Chicago and Baltimore, at least, that have all announced they are opening back up in the past week. Add other cities or states that have done the same below. Probably all just coincidental. https://t.co/WudSCCzafp
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 23, 2021
Here are more details from the big week:
Friday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Elizabeth Bowser lifted the ban on indoor dining, allowing restaurants and bars to return to 25% capacity.
John Falcicchio, Bowser’s chief of staff, announced the news:
We are told that breakdown will start in earnest at 6 pm and will likely take about 36 hours.
That aligns with the end of the Inauguration Pause on indoor dining which is set to expire on Friday, January 22, at 5 am. Restaurants will then be able to return to 25% indoor.
— John J. Falcicchio (@falcicchio) January 20, 2021
Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot had good news for her city Saturday, announcing that Chicago is easing restrictions by moving to Illinois’ Tier 1.
The announcement means that restaurants in Chicago and Cook County will reopen for indoor service at either 25% capacity or 25 people per space, whichever is fewer.
BREAKING: Due to recent progress in the fight against COVID-19, Chicago is now operating under Illinois' Tier 1 mitigations—which includes limited indoor dining and more. To keep easing restrictions, we have to keep following our public health guidance. https://t.co/jmFk2pv2ea pic.twitter.com/PGKSHNp8VU
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) January 23, 2021
Three days after the inauguration, things are looking up in Chicago. At least according to Lightfoot, that is.
Yesterday, the city of Baltimore returned to some semblance of normalcy as well:
Adjustments to the restrictions for Phase 1 are now in effect. pic.twitter.com/xx61ynPxW1
— Baltimore DHCD (@bmoredhcd) January 22, 2021
Good to see Brandon Scott, Baltimore’s Democratic mayor, getting things under control this week.
*Check back to OutKick as more states lift COVID-19 bans.