Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Shut Down On Opening Night — Served Cease-And-Desist Order By Police

Ford-Wyoming Drive-In
Photo credit (credit: Ford-Wyoming Drive-In / Facebook)
By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) The show did not go on at the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In movie theater in Dearborn Thursday night.  

A social media post by those who run the drive-in say they were served a cease-and-desist order, just as the drive-in had reopened. 

The drive-in is expected to reopen June 12, with new social distancing and safety protocols in place, as long as there isn't another extension of the stay-at-home order currently set to expire that day. 

Here is the complete message posted by drive-in management: 

"After 2 1/2 months of remaining closed due to the Governor’s executive orders amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we re-opened our drive-in theater last night. The smell of fresh popcorn once again wafted from the concession stand, and the night was lit once more by the movies playing on our drive-in screens. And while our hearts should be full of happiness from the outpouring of excitement and gratitude from our loyal patrons, instead our hearts are heavy with sadness today.

"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 sincerely apologize to our drive-In community, all of whom were excited to return to our drive-in. Our entire staff looked forward to seeing you enjoying the movies at the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In. Know that our number one priority is the well-being of our customers and staff. We anticipate that we will be able to re-open around June 12 barring any additional changes in the stay-at-home orders.

"We cannot say enough how sorry we are to remain closed, and we hope that we will see you all again when the Governor’s orders permit us to re-open."

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer executive orders designed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus forbid all gatherings of more than ten people in Michigan — unless expressly excluded, such as for grocery shopping. 

Facing criticism from opponents who say her opening and closing decisions seem arbitrary, Whitmer insists all of her virus-related orders are made with input from experts, and are in the best interest of public health.