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Duggan to increase COVID-19 enforcement at Detroit restaurants, bars this weekend

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan 2020 coronavirus
Posted at 10:52 AM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 18:04:47-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan talked about enhanced COVID-19 enforcement this weekend at bars and restaurants in the city during his coronavirus update.

Duggan said the enhanced enforcement will ensure compliance with the restrictions for bars and restaurants opening up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said he saw "disturbing" things in the past weekend regarding bars and restaurants. He said Detroit police will be visiting bars and restaurants that had issues last weekend. They will be put on notice, Duggan said.

He reminded the public that restaurants are allowed to operate at 50% capacity only. Staff still have to wear masks.

"If we continue to see violations, the health department will come out Friday or Saturday night," he said. "If you can't enforce it, we'll go to court on Monday and ask for an order to shut you down."

Duggan cited Harper's Restaurant in Lansing, where 34 cases of COVID-19 cases originated.

"You could have one or two bars cause an outbreak," he said. "I'm not going to allow a few people not following the rules to shut the rest down."

He said he's asking restaurants "politely" to follow the guidelines.

"We have an obligation to our fellow citizens," he said.

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