City of Detroit to enforce pandemic restrictions on Opening Day

DETROIT – Customers and employees at the Brass Rail Pizza Bar in downtown Detroit were excited hours before what many are calling a big day in Motor City.

“Opening day is always a public holiday here in Michigan,” said Kevin Weathers, manager of the Brass Rail Bar.

It’s time for the first home game of the Detroit Tigers season, but this year it will be very different from previous years. There won’t be large crowds or crowded bars or restaurants.

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“We have everything 6 feet apart. Our tables are 6 feet apart. We have a high capacity here, we can use our upper floor. We also have a bar next door that we can use, ”said Weathers.

“Let me say this, opening day will not be the same as we are used to due to the pandemic,” said Denise Fair, Detroit’s chief public health officer.

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Fair said the city is delivering a simple message loud and clear:

“If you don’t have a ticket, we recommend that you stay at home and watch the game from the comfort of your home,” she said.

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Fair said that’s because Michigan’s COVID numbers are rising. The Detroit Tigers and the city are enforcing special arrangements for opening day. The main rule is that the stadium only allows 8,000 people in the 42,000-seat stadium, but Fair said it isn’t.

“We in the health department will be on our way. We go to bars and restaurants to make sure the owners follow safety precautions. You should be 50% busy. So this year you won’t see bars that are full of people. That’s just not the case this year. We’ll get through with the police. We will write tickets, shut down as needed, and remove licensees when necessary, ”she said.

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“I think if you have your vaccine – and there are a good number of people who do – and if you keep things safe, they shouldn’t be keeping people from going downtown because lots of bars are the right thing to do.” are doing something to keep people safe, ”said Weathers.

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