6-person dining limit lifted after Whitmer gathering; bar won't be cited

May 26, 2021, 8:35 AM

Whitmer's 12-person gathering. The governor is fourth on the left. (Photo: Facebook)

Michigan's health department is scrubbing a rule that prohibits more than six people from sitting together inside a restaurant after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was caught at a table of 12 over the weekend. The East Lansing bar and restaurant where Whitmer has said her group mistakenly put tables together as more people arrived — all of them vaccinated — won't be cited for violating the state's pandemic orders.

The gathering limit will be rescinded June 1, The Detroit News reports.

The governor told the media at a Monday press conference that the determination to eliminate the rule "was made well before the weekend" and prior to her Saturday visit to East Lansing's Landshark.

The Ingham County health department meanwhile tells the Detroit Free Press the violation did not amount to a ticketable offense. 

"We did have a conversation with The Landshark (Bar & Grill), as environmental health always will," Vail said. "Enforcement, including enforcement of Covid-related orders, is always a step-wise kind of function. So we don't jump to issuing violations and fining people and that sort of thing.

"We go in, we have conversations, we correct, we get the owner to recognize what's going on and say, 'Yep, I understand that — not going to do it anymore.' That has happened. That conversation has occurred, and that is typically what we do."

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