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Restaurants begin reopening

May 20, 2020

Northern Michigan bar and restaurant owners are scrambling to prepare for the unofficial start to the Up North summer season this weekend now that the state has cleared the way for a partial reopening of dining rooms.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order Monday allowing bars and restaurants in the Upper Peninsula and the northern part of the Lower Peninsula to begin serving diners in a limited capacity Friday, more than two months since issuing a blanket ban on on-premise dining to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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