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Whitmer announces some businesses allowed to open, pays tribute to Benny Napoleon

Whitmer announcement December 18th
Posted at 10:10 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 17:31:47-05

(WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave an update on COVID-19 Friday afternoon with Dr. Joneigh Khaldun and MDHHS Director Robert Gordon.

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In the press conference, Whitmer and Gordon announced that in-person dining would remain closed, but several businesses could reopen, including casinos, bowling alleys, movie theaters and more.

High schools are also allowed to resume in-person learning, according to the state, after the holiday break beginning on Jan. 4.

Related: High schools in Michigan can reopen for in-person instruction after holiday break

In November, Whitmer and Gordon announced the 3-week pause which closed indoor dining, movie theatres, in-person learning at high schools and college and more.

That order was set to expire in early December, but Whitmer and Gordon announced a 12-day extension. The latest extension for restaurants will go through Jan. 15, but could be lifted early if numbers continue to decline.

Whitmer also gave an emotional tribute to Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, who died on Thursday at the age of 65 from COVID-19.

Governor Whitmer pays tribute to Benny Napoleon

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