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The Lookout | April 12, 2021

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Staff Editorial: Be sure to dine-in safely

Staff Editorial: Be sure to dine-in safely
  • On January 28, 2021

From The Lookout Staff

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced restaurants will be allowed to reopen for indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, starting Monday, Feb. 1.

Although not all Michiganders are happy with the Governor’s decision, The Lookout staff thinks it is a step in the right direction to COVID recovery.

Vaccine distribution is still in its early stages, but for now, 25 percent capacity is a good place to start. It’s better than nothing, and it’s safer than 50 percent capacity, which was the case last summer.

Plus, small-business restaurants are hurting and some might benefit from reopening.

As more people get vaccinated the capacity numbers might be able to increase.

Those who plan on dining indoors when restaurants reopen should keep taking the proper precautions:

  • Keep your mask on inside the restaurant unless you are eating and drinking.
  • After you finish your meal, leave the restaurant. Don’t sit and chat. Space is already limited. Someone else is probably waiting to use your table.

If you are still wary about eating inside during the pandemic, The Lookout staff wants to provide some alternatives.

Winters in Michigan make it challenging to eat comfortably outside, but a number of restaurants are offering solutions to customers so they can stay warm while eating outdoors.

A few restaurants with winter outdoor dining include the Peanut Barrel in East Lansing and the Brookshire Inn in Williamston.

The Peanut Barrel provides space heaters to guests who wish to eat outside on the patio. The Brookshire Inn is accepting reservations for Igloo Dining Monday through Saturday.

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