Detroit bars preparing for the 4th of July

Posted at 11:18 PM, Jul 03, 2020

DETROIT (WXYZ) — It's a whole new ballgame for bars and restaurants in Michigan.

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Nemos, the popular eatery in the historic Corktown, closed for the holiday weekend. It will reopen on Monday.

It's an unusual move as the pandemic has slowed business and halted the Detroit Tigers season.

"We'd be playing Kansas City Royals," Patrick Osman at Nemos said. So, full house I hope."

Corktown is a popular location for fans to pregame.

"The uptick of people being downtown is there," Osman said. "It's just not back, yet. It's going to take a while."

On Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order closing indoor service at bars throughout most of Michigan to protect Michiganders as the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing.

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Thomas Maggie's Sporting House and Whisky Bar in Eastern Market can only serve customers on a small patio.

"We kind of fell victim maybe to a rule that was designed large gatherings and nightclubs," said Maggie's owner, Erik Thomas.

Fourth of July revelers will not only confront social distancing and face coverings but also additional police enforcement.

"We are going to be and vigilant," said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. "We will be out looking very closely for intoxicated drivers."

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