(WXYZ) – Michigan’s reopening schedule looks very different this morning. Governor Gretchen Whitmer is taking a two-step approach to end COVID-19 restrictions.
On June 1st, all outdoor gathering restrictions will end and indoor gatherings will be 50% full. Then, on July 1st, the order of face masks and gatherings will be reversed.
This is big news for companies kicking off the summer season with concerts, weddings, and more.
“We have 250 weddings a year here. And every day brides call and wonder how something has changed, what has changed, “said Paul Wegert, general manager of The Inn at St. John’s.
However, the previous 4-step Vacc-to-Normal plan, which linked the reopening milestones with vaccination rates, is no longer possible with the new 2-step plan.
“I’ve spoken enough to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and everyone had to act quickly to clarify and sing the state rules on the same side as the CDC guidelines. And that’s exactly what we’re doing, “said Whitmer.
Adam Merkel, who owns several restaurants, said he was used to learning new rules and had practiced a lot.
“We need to call Audibles every two weeks to make sure we’re keeping our employees and guests safe and ultimately still in business,” he said.
One of his restaurants, Pinky’s Rooftop in Royal Oak, reopened on Wednesday.
He welcomed the capacity limits for indoor meals that were relaxed in June to 50%. Previously it was 50%, but not more than 100 people, whichever was lower. He’s just not sure if it will be enough for his bottom line.
“Even a capacity of 85% for a restaurant is not enough to be profitable,” said Merkel.
Restaurants and wedding venues continue to grapple with another problem – labor shortages.
Weger normally employs around 350 people, but currently only employs 110 people.
What about graduation after June 1st? We have reached a number of districts and they are still working on details based on the new options.
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