Michigan Gov. Whitmer Allows Gatherings of 10 or Less, Reopens Dental Offices and Stores

May 21, 2020, 10:49 AM

Gretchen Whitmer (Photo: State of Michigan)

The new normal is starting to look a little more normal.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday gave an immediate green light for gatherings of 10 people or fewer, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Additionally, she said at a morning press conference:

  • Vehicle showrooms other retailers can reopen Tuesday by appointment only.

  • Nonessential medical, dental and veterinary services can resume Friday, May 29.

"Most retailers in Michigan are unnecessarily missing out on important holiday weekend sales," complains Bill Hallan, head of the Michigan Retailers Association, an Associated Press tweet says.

The governor didn't address restaurant dining and bars south of the northern counties where hospitality spots reopen Friday.

The Michigan Restaurant and Lodge Association has been pushing to allow dining everywhere May 29, one day after the current stay-home order expires.

"As businesses continue to reopen, it’s crucial that they adopt strict safety measures to protect their employees, customers and their families,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state government's top doctor, in a statement.  “I know that as medical professionals begin offering nonessential procedures again, they will do everything in their power to protect patients and their families from COVID-19."

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