Breaking: Whitmer shutting down bar, restaurant dine-in service at 3 p.m. Monday

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The Michigan Advance has confirmed that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will order all Michigan bars and restaurants to stop their dine-in service due to the COVID-19 outbreak, effective at 3 p.m. Monday. A Whitmer spokeswoman said a news release detailing the order will be released Monday morning.

The news was first reported by 9&10 News in northern Michigan.

Nearby states Ohio and Illinois already have taken action to close bars and restaurants ahead of St. Patrick’s Day.

There are 53 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan. Whitmer previously shut down all K-12 schools starting Monday through April 5 and ordered gatherings to be limited to 250 people or less to stop the spread.

The Advance will have more updates throughout the day.

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Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.