How Coronavirus Is Impacting the Detroit Food and Beverage Industry
Even before the first cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Michigan on March 10, Detroit’s food industry was preparing for the impact on the local economy after other communities struggled to contain the spread. Many companies and major event centers, such as Eastern Market, are taking additional measures to reassure customers and employees that it is safe to eat prepared food in the restaurant. However, local businesses are already experiencing significant financial losses as catering orders and major events are canceled.
On March 11, Governor Gretchen Whitmer urged Michiganders to avoid gatherings of 100 or more people in order to contain the spread and protect the state’s most vulnerable populations from the virus. On March 16, the state enforced a ban on gatherings of 50 or more people and closed all restaurants to dining service. For more information on the new coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Centers for Disease Control website below.