The rules right now in Michigan are a bit of a mess.

But no matter how you draw it up, the last batch of businesses proactively closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic can reopen Friday, Oct. 9.

The list of places that can reopen includes theaters, performance venues, amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling centers, indoor climbing facilities, indoor dance areas, roller rinks, ice rinks, trampoline parks, carnival or amusement rides, water parks and other similar recreational and entertainment facilities.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-183 – issued Sept. 25 – allowed these businesses to reopen Friday. There’s an argument they could have opened as soon as last Friday, however, as Michigan’s executive orders were struck down by a state Supreme Court ruling that day.

Whitmer’s team argued the orders still have merit for three to four weeks, but other experts disagree. While that question remains in limbo, these entertainment venues are now off the hook from either angle.

Friday marks the first day every Michigan industry can open its businesses under Whitmer’s executive orders – albeit with restrictions.

One exception is bars with 70% of their sales coming from alcohol must still be closed inside, per the orders, although they can operate in outdoor spaces.

Moore Theaters has five theaters in southwest Michigan and are among the venues ready to open Friday for the first time since the pandemic began.

“It’s not a free-for-all,” said Scott Moore, vice president of Moore Theaters. “We’re not going back to 100% (capacity). We’re still going to have to still do these things to make sure we get over this pandemic.”

There was no consideration to opening early, since it takes a few weeks to sort out logistics of getting films in, Moore said. The biggest picture debuting this weekend is “The War

JCPenney may be about to emerge from its chapter 11 bankruptcy and get back to the business of retailing. Then again, maybe it won’t.

In what is turning into certainly one of the most convoluted and complicated bankruptcy cases in recent retail history, what had seemed to be a done deal for two shopping mall real estate companies and a group of private equity investors to buy the company has apparently hit a speed bump. How big that bump is and how much damage it will do to the underside of this deal remains to be seen.

The latest wrinkle came earlier this week when a group of smaller lenders to the retailer led by Aurelius Capital Management said it didn’t like the original deal, saying it would channel too much money to that group and — on the flip side — not enough to itself and others cut out of the equity deal.

Mall operators Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners along with some boldface lenders including H/2 and KKR had reached what seemed to be a final deal to buy Penney last month. The shopping center companies would get most of the retail real estate, much of which was located in malls they owned, giving them an anchor tenant they needed to populate their properties. The other investors would get additional real estate, the rights to provide funding for the new entity and other assorted financial considerations.

Aurelius said the arrangement was unfair and that its group, which controls about 16% of Penney’s loans according to published reports, was entitled to a bigger