Indoor dining at West Michigan bars and restaurants resumes on Monday, February 1. Restaurants are taking the weekend to prepare with guidelines in place.

Relaxed rules have been released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as part of new epidemic order. The order contains certain requirements that include:

  • Restaurants and bars can reopened at 25% capacity with up to 100 people.
  • Tables must be six feet apart with no more than six people per table.
  • Bars and restaurants must close by 10 p.m.
  • Contact information must be collected from diners for contact tracing purposes.

Governor Whitmer announced a Safer Dining Program. The initiative allows restaurant owners to meet with an HVAC expert to examine the establishments air ventilation. Restaurants will also abide by safety protocols, including mask wearing, social distancing, and regular disinfection and cleaning.

The new order will be in effect until Sunday, February 21st.