LANSING, Mich. – The owners of Michigan gyms and other businesses were hoping to hear the governor address reopening plans Wednesday, but that didn’t happen.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer didn’t officially announce a plan at her coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing, but she hinted that a decision should be revealed in the coming days.

Business owners might be able to reopen after Labor Day, but they were hoping an official plan would be revealed Wednesday.

“We have to get this right,” Whitmer said. “We take this very seriously, and the decisions that will I make in the coming days and announce are made in a way that will be protecting athletes and families and coaches and parents and patrons, or small business owners, as well.”

The governor has been getting pushback from business owners, patients and students when it comes to allowing gyms to reopen and team sports to be played.

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Four major business organizations are calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to let gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters and bowling alleys reopen after she closed them down five months ago to mitigate spread of the coronavirus.

The presidents of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Association of Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber and Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce sent the governor a letter Thursday noting Michigan is “one of a handful of states that has not allowed these sectors to open in any capacity.”

“We believe that if industries like restaurants, public swimming pools, casinos and others can find a way to safely open in some capacity, we can also find a way to safely open gyms, theaters, bowling alleys and other industries,” the business leaders wrote.

The business leaders cited a recent announcement of more than 1,000 layoffs of part-time employees at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids as

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FLORENCE — Josh Bowling said he would work for small businesses and be an advocate for tourism as a city councilman.

He is running for the District 4 Florence City Council seat in the Aug. 25 city elections.

Bowling is a sales estimator and conducts inspections for Henderson Roofing. He said that has helped him appreciate the value and hard work of a small business.

“I’m pro-small business,” Bowling said. “Working for a small business, I know the importance of having the local support.”

He said he has ideas on promoting small businesses in the city, such as the city doing a biography on Facebook of a different small business each day.

He also envisions an online guide for tourists coming into the city so they’ll know about restaurants and other small businesses.

“In the end they’re the heartbeat of the city and they do so much,” Bowling said. “A

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