HOLLAND — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended a previous executive order mandating public spaces including restaurants, bars and salons remain closed to the public until May 28.


The executive order is part of several Whitmer issued Thursday without support from the majority Republican Legislature. Whitmer extended Michigan’s state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic through May 28 under the Emergency Management Act of 1976.


Restaurants have been mandated to shut down dine-in services since March 16, except for delivery, takeout and drive-through service. Restaurants are able to allow five people inside at a time to pick up orders if they maintain social distancing.


Peachwave of Holland closed five weeks ago, but reopened Friday with employees wearing masks and modified operations to follow CDC guidelines.


Plexiglass shields are now in front of the cash register, and only one or two customers are allowed inside Peachwave at a time, explained Peachwave CEO Boyd Feltman.


The self-serve aspect of the frozen yogurt bar has been replaced by customers directing employees which toppings they want through plexiglass. Customers can also order ahead on Peachwave’s quick serve menu for curbside pickup, or order through Holland Eats, Grubhub or DoorDash.


There are 43 other Peachwave stores across the country, and Holland is the flagship location.


“Every one of our stores are operating under very different guidelines,” Feltman said. “Employee safety is No. 1. We knew if we protected our staff, customers would in turn feel protected.”


Many customers were wearing masks the first day the Holland Peachwave reopened, Feltman said, and a line outside the store winded around the store with customers spaced apart.


“We’ve gone through an awful lot, like training employees how to handle new personal protection equipment,” Feltman said.


Seventy-Six and Public restaurants, part of 1983 Restaurants LLC also reopened Friday for takeout after being closed for several weeks.


1983 Restaurants Owner Luke Grill said he agreed with Whitmer’s initial executive order in March to shut down dine-in services, but is frustrated with the governor’s latest executive order.


“It’s gotten to a point where our economy has been absolutely ravaged,” Grill said.


Grill had hopes that restaurants would be able to open by May 1 to allow a limited capacity of dine-in services to customers. The restaurant owner said Whitmer should have taken it on a week-by-week basis instead of extending the closure for a whole month.


“There has to be a balancing act of what’s best for the health of our community as well as the financial viability,” Grill said. “If everything goes out of business, what’s the point?”


Grill said he has spent almost $1,000 on protective gear including face masks, gloves, sanitizer and new aprons for his staff.


“Social distancing works and I think it was good we were social distancing for April,” Grill said. “I think things are getting to a point where things can open up a little bit. I wish the governor would put more faith in small business owners like myself.”


— Contact reporter Kate Carlson at kcarlson@hollandsentinel.com and follow her on Twitter @SentinelKate and @BizHolland.