Michigan Gov. Whitmer Won't Budge on Opening Theaters, Gyms, Bowling Alleys

August 25, 2020, 3:35 PM

Gretchen Whitmer gets a flu vaccine after Tuesday's press conference. (Photo: Twitter)

The pandemic continues to wreak havoc on certain businesses.

Still, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday said she's not budging -- yet -- when it comes to opening gyms, theaters and bowling alleys that have been shut since March in the lower part of the state, the Detroit Free Press reports.

"I'm not going to be bullied into making that decision," she said at a Lansing press conference, noting that the reopening call depends on facts and data.  

"We know that there is a lot of pressure ... on our business owners, as well as our decision makers."

Gyms and theaters in northern Michigan reopened June 10. 

The Detroit Regional Chamber, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Association of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Chamber wrote a joint letter to Whitmer last week. "We believe that if industries like restaurants, public swimming pools, casinos and others can find a way to safely open in some capacity, we can also find a way to safely open gyms, theaters, bowling alleys and other industries," the appeal said.

Whitmer also encouragews residents to get flu shots this season. To demonstrate the importance, she got one during the press conference. 

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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