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State To Businesses: We Will Allow You To Give Free Water After 10 PM

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State of Michigan officials have been fine tuning, in ever greater detail, the restrictions and mandates imposed under pandemic lockdowns.

An example is an official clarification of whether and when businesses may offer free water to customers under a 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew in effect on service in restaurants and taverns.

From the state’s most recent coronavirus emergency orders Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can a guest be provided water outside the designated hours permitted for indoor dining?

A: Under the current Order’s rules for indoor dining, between 10:00 PM and 4:00 AM, sales of all food and beverages must cease, areas for indoor dining must be closed, and guests/patrons are not permitted to eat and/or drink indoors. Food and beverages may not be provided as part of an all-inclusive package during these hours. Nevertheless, facilities may make water available as a courtesy for guests to allow for adequate hydration.

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