Guv opens up regions to the North
In her Monday news conference Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Friday would see the reopening of retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating in 2 regions of the state.
Those two are the Upper Peninsula and the Traverse City area.The TC region includes the following counties:
Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, and Emmet.
Citing encouraging trends in these areas for cases, deaths and testing as the reason for the loosening of restrictions the announcement came with a focus on workplace safety.
Employers must provide COVID-19 training to workers that covers, at a minimum, workplace infection-control practices, the proper use of PPE, steps workers must take to notify the business or operation of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and how to report unsafe working conditions.
Restaurants and bars would be limited to 50% capacity.
”This is a big step,” said the Governor. “We want to keep moving forward but we want to proceed with caution.”
She also indicated there may be more engagements announced before the weekend.