COVID-19

The governor ordered bars closed, but it may be impossible to enforce

The governor's order to close indoor bars in much of Michigan may be hampered by definitions of what constitutes a "bar."

On July 1, Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered indoor bars to close down in most of Michigan’s lower peninsula to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The order followed sudden outbreaks of the virus tied to crowded bars.

That order may be difficult, or even impossible, to enforce.

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A bar is defined as an establishment that makes more than 70% of its revenue from alcohol sales. That excludes breweries and distilleries, which are classified as manufacturers and are allowed to remain open.

According to an article on MLive, the state doesn’t track sales data from bars and restaurants, so officials don’t actually know which establishments should be considered bars.

A statement from Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office said the state could conduct investigations if necessary, “but we hope people and businesses choose to ensure they are in compliance with the executive order rather than testing their boundaries.”

You can read the full story here.

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