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'Excuse Me Diner, Do You Have Diarrhea?'

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association is offering “guidance” for bars and restaurants that want to reopen under the COVID-19 pandemic. The trade association says it wants restaurants to reopen as early as May 29.

It is unclear if the guidance offered by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association on its website on screening customers applies to every patron.

One of the recommendations is that the businesses ask customers before they enter the establishment if they have a fever, cough, sore throat or diarrhea.

The business is also supposed to ask customers if they have traveled internationally in the past two weeks or if they had close contact with someone diagnosed with the coronavirus. If the customer answered "yes" to any of those questions, the establishment is to refuse them entry and take the food out to their car.


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