In person high school and college activities are shut down for 3 weeks in Michigan, along with in-restaurant dining. Bars are closed as well, in response to growth in Covid-19 cases. Movie theaters, bingo halls, casinos , ice rinks and other indoor congregant settings have been closed as well. Going to an extreme length, the Governor has even limited private gatherings inside of homes to just two households at any time. This includes the Thanksgiving period where reportedly 38% of Americans are planning to gather with 10 or more people.
Passengers in Europe have already figured out ‘the airport exception’ to government rules closing bars, and it seems that applies here in the States as well. Airports remain open as essential infrastructure, and continue to cater to passengers. In some places alcohol is banned in airports, but not in others.
The Detroit airport is government-owned and leases there are conferred by the government. The state’s lockdown order apparently doesn’t apply to drinking in the airport, so the Delta Air Lines Sky Club is reportedly still permitted to serve complimentary booze.
Confirmed: Come Wednesday, when the new #Michigan mini-lockdown takes effect, the Delta #SkyClub at #DTW will be the one of the state’s few open indoor bars. I’m told it’s considered a “government bar.”
— Dennis Lennox (@dennislennox) November 16, 2020
The same rules allowing Delta’s club lounge to serve alcohol despite the Michigan governor’s order closing bars should apply equally to restaurants in the airport for those who don’t have club membership and are willing to pay for a drink.
However it seems a lot easier for people to drink alone, as Michigan’s governor seems to prefer people in her state do, than make a trip out to the airport just for liquor. It would be fascinating to see Delta’s internal data over the next three weeks about whether alcohol consumption continues to track with passenger numbers, or whether it increases on a per-admittance basis in to the club.