SE Michigan Drive-In Theatre Forced to Close While Others Remain Open
We are scratching our heads at some of the inequities that we're seeing.
A Metro-Detroit area drive-in theatre that had been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic was shut down on the very day it reopened for business.
The Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theatre in Dearborn re-opened its box office last night (5/28) in preparation for a 12:05 am showing. Management was served with a cease and desist order and was forced to close the facility after the showing of its first movie.
But other drive-in movie theaters in Michigan -- including Flint's US 23 Drive-In on Fenton Rd. -- are being permitted to conducted business.
The theatre believed that opening for a 12:05 am showing today (5/29) was within the scope of the law and had put numerous safety precautions in place in order to protect patrons from the spread of coronavirus.
At approximately 9 o'clock this morning (5/29), the theater posted on Facebook that it had been closed down:
"During last night’s movies, we were served a cease-and-desist order by law enforcement. Based on the Governor’s previous executive order stating that the stay-at-home orders would expire at 11:59 p.m. May 28, we endeavored to re-open as quickly as possible with showtimes starting at 12:05 a.m. May 29. Given our significant measures of social distancing and facility-wide sanitation, as well as the opening of other drive-ins throughout the state, we believed we could re-open successfully while adhering above and beyond to the federally recommended guidelines. It appears we were wrong."
We are puzzled as to why some drive-in facilities have been permitted to re-open and some have not.
According to Fox-2, another Detroit area drive-in is scheduled to re-open tonight.