Detroit COVID Restaurant Rules: Is Indoor/Outdoor Dining Allowed?

Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 restrictions for Detroit restaurants and bars.
January 19, 2021, 05:51 PM UTC
Detroit COVID Restaurant Rules: Is Indoor/Outdoor Dining Allowed?

After much debate between the Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the legislature and even the Supreme Court on the severity of COVID regulations, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) put a new order into effect on November 18 that is now on its third extenstion. The new guidlines in are in effect until at least January 31 and include changes to almost all dining guidelines. We've gathered the most up-to-date information in order for both operators and consumers to stay on top of the current dining restrictions.

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Is indoor dining allowed in Detroit?

No. Since November 18, and extended to at least January 31, restaurants and bars must keep dining rooms closed. Takeout and delivery are still permitted.

Is outdoor dining allowed in Detroit?

Yes. Outdoor dining is permitted however with specific restrictions from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Persons can not be seated within 6 feet to another table and tables must be spaced at least 6 feet apart. Also, permitted outdoor dining structures like igloos, huts, or other small, enclosed spaces are allowed and can be opened at 100% capacity as long as they comply with any applicable local regulations. The state provided a helpful diagram detailing what is allowed and not alllowed regarding outdoor dining structures.

Is indoor bar service allowed in Detroit?

No. All indoor common areas "in which people can congregate, dance, or otherwise mingle” must remain closed.

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