Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been making the rounds at local businesses over the last two weeks as the state’s economy moves forward with the delicate process of reopening. On Thursday, June 17, she made a stop in downtown Detroit to work the vaunted grill at Lafayette Coney Island and demonstrate proper COVID-19 workplace safety.
“Had a blast learning the ropes from Lafayette’s incredible staff, and was thrilled to see how Michigan businesses are ensuring the safety of their employees and customers,” Whitmer tweeted.
As of Monday, June 8, restaurants and bars around the state are allowed to operate for dine-in service at 50 percent capacity with six feet of social distancing between tables and employees in face masks. Customers must also wear face masks when visiting restaurants for carryout and before being seated at a table — though many employees have reported significant challenges with enforcing this aspect of the rules.
As part of the visit, Whitmer donned a face mask with a clear plastic window surrounding her mouth so people could read her lips and see her expressions. Many restaurant employees have expressed concerns that face masks could make it more difficult for them to connect with customers because their expressions are covered; servers and bartenders particularly rely on the tips from patrons for a large portion of their wages at most restaurants and bars.
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