Michigan Announces Re-Opening of Restaurants and Bars Two Days After Biden’s Inauguration

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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.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

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    • How long until these dem voters in blue states realize their representatives don’t give two shits about them. It’s about power and nothing else.

      Portland and Seattle deserve exactly what they are getting right now as well. Stupid lefty hacks

  1. Government is out of control and lawless this whole rona thing has been political out of the gate business destroyed lives ruined tyrannical so called leaders there is probably going to be a price to pay never believe your lying government again they do not care about you only power smfh

  2. Come To Florida. We Have Room For Every Blue State Escapee!!!

    i’ve been cris-crossing the state the last couple months and new and improved highways are connecting Florida in a way that would make Dwight D Eisenhower proud.

    the infrastructure improvements across Florida (not the keys or Miami) are clearly part of a plan to take away taxable voters from NY and Cali – if they let you leave. stay tuned blue states that will tax anyone that owns property in a blue state – even if they leave.

    you wanted BidenObama and You got ‘em.

  3. I’ll be glad to tell my grandkids about the great pandemic of 2020.

    Yeah it was really tough surviving a minor cold and you had to wear thin cloth over your mouth to feel better about not catching it…you had a 99.9% chance of surviving as long as you weren’t 300 pounds overweight or already on death’s door…but we really had a miracle when it went away on Jan 20, 2021.

  4. Man I give them credit. They are definitely a ballsy group these Democrats. They dont even they to pretend. You’d think they’d give it at least a few weeks before they opened up again. The Scranton kid was still trying to figure out which hand to raise to be sworn in and these Governors and mayors were practically doing ribbon cutting ceremonies to open things up

  5. Follow the science… Yes, this has been the ongoing lecture from governors in the lockdown states. So now, governors in cold weather blue states see that its safe to open restaurants after January 20th. They have outsmarted the virus once again. Also on Jan 20 the WHO announced that they would be changing the criteria in which how they tabulate positive tests. The shifting narrative of science was totally expected and as always, the virus must know.

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