What MI restaurant customers need to know about new indoor dining guidelines

Patrons must follow coronavirus protocol when indoor dining resumes on Monday
MDHHS guidelines for indoor dining Feb.1, 2021
MDHHS guidelines for indoor dining Feb.1, 2021(MDHHS)
Published: Jan. 31, 2021 at 4:40 AM EST
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MID-MICHIGAN, Mich. (WJRT) - (1/31/21) - Michigan restaurants and bars are set to reopen indoor dining this coming Monday. And there are some pandemic restrictions customers need to know about.

Under state guidelines, restaurants must follow safety protocols including mask-wearing, social distancing, and regular disinfection and cleaning.

Diners must also wear masks and should only remove them to eat or drink. The state said customers are limited to six people per table, and no more than two households. Diners must also stay six feet apart from those who are outside of their party.

Restaurants will be required to collect names and phone numbers as part of COVID-19 contact tracing protocol. They must also keep capacity at 25%. Tables must be six feet apart, and ventilation systems must be working. Businesses must also limit dining to seated service only.

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services said even with the requirements, indoor dining remains high-risk. It encouraged people to choose takeout, delivery, or outdoor dining. It also suggested families dine only with members of their household.

Michigan now follows the ‘MI COVID-19 Safer Dining’ program. To participate, restaurants must have a licensed HVAC contractor inspect their ventilation systems and make recommended changes, if necessary to improve circulation and further mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spread.

Click here for more details on the restrictions and guidelines.

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