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Whitmer: Michigan on track to reopen schools, but mum on raising restaurant patron limits

Added 02-25-21 04:23:02pm EST - “Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used her Wednesday news conference to stress her goal to return all of the state's public schools to in-person learning by next Monday, March 1.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Whitmer: Michigan on track to reopen schools, but mum on raising restaurant patron limits”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used her Wednesday news conference to stress her goal to return all of the state’s public schools to in-person learning by next Monday, March 1.

However, restaurants and bars won’t witness relief from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ 25% capacity limit on patrons.

During a question and answer period, Whitmer was asked why her administration wasn’t more transparent about extending the MDHHS imposed 10 p.m. restaurant curfew and 25% limit on restaurant patrons. Those rules were set to expire on Feb. 21, but are now scheduled to sunset March 29. The new deadline was inserted in a Feb. 4 epidemic order by the MDHHS.

“I was a little surprised by the reaction to tell the truth,” she said. “Anyone who’s just even casually watched over the last 12 months knows the tendency to have about a three-week cadence. We make a change, see how it’s going, watch the data or report on the data, made changes along the way,” she said, reiterating the process has occurred typically in three week increments.

“That’s no different in this case. Frankly, I was a little bit surprised by the kind of characterization of it,” she said.

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