MI COVID-19 Safer Dining Program & Order Clarifications


Sent on behalf of the Dept of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

Thank you for your interest in the MI COVID-19 Safer Dining Program

On January 22, the Governor announced the state would gradually open restaurants across Michigan as safely as possible. Part of this effort is a voluntary program called, “MI COVID-19 Safer Dining,” where restaurants can work with a licensed HVAC contractor, engineer, or other certified HVAC professional who may recommend changes to air ventilation to improve circulation and reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread. Restaurants will also abide by safety protocols, including mask wearing, social distancing and regular disinfection and cleaning.

Thank you for your interest in the MI COVID-19 Safer Dining program! To kick off the program, LEO and MDHHS will be holding an introductory webinar for restaurant and food establishment owners and operators. Please feel free to distribute the below attendee link widely. We will be discussing the basics of the program, sharing important requirements and ensuring ample time for a questions and answers period.

MI COVID-19 Safer Dining Program:

For Restaurants and Food Establishments

Monday, January 25, 2021

3 – 4 p.m. EST

There is no advance registration for this webinar. Live captioning will be available and the webinar will be recorded. Click the link below to join the webinar at the time above.

Click here to join the meeting


We have received a number of questions from members regarding the newest MDHHS orders. Here are answers for the two most frequently asked questions.

1. The order’s curfew only pertains to indoor dining. Outdoor dining, under current outdoor dining rules (roof & two sides) is allowed after 10 p.m. Outdoor dining in a tent with more than two sides is considered indoors and must abide by the 10 p.m. curfew.

2. Night clubs are considered food service establishments, just like all bars and restaurants, if they have a liquor license. Under the new order, night clubs may be open, as long as they abide by the same rules as bars and restaurants (social distancing, mask wearing, no dancing, etc.).