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The Michigan Advance has confirmed that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will order all Michigan bars and restaurants to stop their dine-in service due to the COVID-19 outbreak, effective at 3 p.m. Monday. A Whitmer spokeswoman said a news release detailing the order will be released Monday morning.
The news was first reported by 9&10 News in northern Michigan.
BREAKING: @GovWhitmer will be ordering bars and restaurants in Michigan to close dine-in seating later today. Only service will be delivery or take out.
— Eric Lloyd (@EricLloyd) March 16, 2020
Nearby states Ohio and Illinois already have taken action to close bars and restaurants ahead of St. Patrick’s Day.
There are 53 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan. Whitmer previously shut down all K-12 schools starting Monday through April 5 and ordered gatherings to be limited to 250 people or less to stop the spread.
The Advance will have more updates throughout the day.
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