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Stateside: Lifting pandemic restrictions; defining the US-Canada border; new Hamtramck documentary

May 21, 2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today that she’s lifting restrictions on capacity limits for outdoor gatherings, as well as increasing capacity for indoor gatherings to 50% beginning June 1. The state’s business community applauded the decision, but also asked Whitmer to go further and address workplace rules and restrictions through the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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Today on Stateside, after more than a year of masking up and physical distancing, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has set an end date to pandemic restrictions. But many businesses say they still need more clarity. Also, an ACLU report says U.S. Customs and Border Protection is extending its reach far beyond the actual border with Canada. Plus, a preview of a new PBS documentary looking at Hamtramck’s evolving political landscape.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

Whitmer ditches benchmarks, announces June, July re-openings

  • Brian Calley is president of the Small Business Association of Michigan. He’s also a former Michigan Lieutenant Governor.

Ypsilanti bar owner says he can’t find enough staff to open up to full capacity

  • Brian Brickley is the owner of The Tap Room in Ypsilanti.

ACLU: US Customs and Border Protection uses Great Lakes shoreline, not the border, to extend jurisdiction

  • Monica Andrade is an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.
  • Stateside reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for comment on this story. The agency sent a statement in response, and you can read it in full here.

Local filmmakers examine the political life of Hamtramck in a new PBS documentary

  • Razi Jafri is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Southeast Michigan. He’s a director and producer for the new documentary Hamtramck, USA.
  • Justin Feltman is a filmmaker and photographer based in Washington, D.C. He’s a director and producer for Hamtramck, USA.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.