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Indoor dining is off the table until Feb. 1, but patios are flourishing, even in a Michigan winter

Posted at 7:38 PM, Jan 13, 2021

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan ban on indoor dining isn't going away quite yet.

"We're working on a path to allow indoor dining at restaurants with safety measures such as mask requirements, capacity limits and a curfew starting on Feb. 1," Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said at a press conference on Wednesday. The ban was slated to end on Jan. 15.

Joe Bell, owner of The Peanut Barrel in East Lansing, is trying to remain optimistic.

"She wants us to have a little more time to prepare this time than she gave us the last time," Bell said.

But he's adapted the restaurant's patio to be more comfortable for people dining outside.

"We bought the heaters in September, and we put them out in early October," he said.

Bella Williams has been dining outside despite the cold and plans to continue.

"I don't really mind eating outside as long as it's convenient and safe," Williams said.

In the meantime, Bell says he plans to get his restaurant ready for indoor dining again.

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