The State – 1/25/21

Maddi Farrell

In the news today: Indoor dining at restaurants will soon resume, the East Lansing mask mandate is renewed, and we remember some notable national figures who passed away over the weekend.

Indoor Dining to Resume

Governor Whitmer gave the okay that dine in restaurants can reopen starting February 1. Since November 18, indoor restaurants have been shut down due to COVID restrictions. Through this latest order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, restaurants and bars can reopen with 25% percent capacity, with no more than 100 people. Tables must remain six feet apart and restaurants must close by 10 P.M.

Larry King Passes

Long-time CNN host Larry King died over the weekend at the age of 87. His cause of death is unknown at the moment, but in late December he was diagnosed and hospitalized with COVID-19. King suffered from lung cancer and other health issues. As the host of Larry King Live, he interviewed multiple presidents such as Gerald Ford and Barack Obama, as well as celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Snoop Dogg.

East Lansing Mask Mandate

The East Lansing City Council extended the downtown mask mandate, in part due to reports of recent large gatherings. The state of emergency proclamation now is extended to Debruary 28. This extension comes after thousands of Michigan State students returned to campus for the spring semester. COVID cases in Ingham County went on a downward spiral in November. People of ages 19 through 29 make up 31% of the highest cases of COVID-19, with ages ten through 19 being the second highest with 14% of cases. Ingham County currently has a total of 13,725 cases and 229 deaths.

Hank Aaron Passes

Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron died January 22 at the age of 86. The Atlanta Braves said in a statement that Aaron died peacefully in his sleep. Aaron had 755 career home runs that became a Major League record until Barry Bonds broke it in 2007.