Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) announced Friday that she was finally relaxing her infamous restaurant restrictions just two days after Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Whitmer Relaxing Restaurant Restrictions
Upon her return to Michigan from Washington DC to attend the inauguration, Whitmer announced that restaurants in her state will be allowed to reopen for personal dining on February 1, according to Detroit News.
“The break worked,” said Whitmer, referring to a “three week break” she announced 13 weeks ago in November.
“The joint efforts we have made to protect our families, frontline workers and hospitals have dramatically reduced the number of cases and we have saved lives,” she added. “We are now confident that, with security measures, restaurants will be able to dine indoors again from February 1st.”
From the beginning of next month, restaurants in Michigan will be allowed to be 25 percent full and stadiums can seat up to 500 people, according to Fox 2.
Restaurants and bars are also due to close by 10 p.m. in the state, and Whitmer’s recent order is for the sale and consumption of concessions in restaurants, casinos, cinemas and stadiums. Gatherings of up to 10 people from two households are also held outside the living area. “
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Michigan restaurants answer
Whitmer’s new order is valid through February 21, and Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association president Justin Winslow has already issued a statement that the news is “overdue”.
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“We welcome the governor’s decision to reopen on February 1 as good, if overdue, news,” said Winslow. “Now is the time for this government to aggressively move on to a broader reintegration strategy that involves prioritizing vaccination for the wider hospitality industry and setting clear metrics for gradually reopening to 100 percent indoor dining capacity.”
“The hotel industry and its sizeable workforce have suffered far worse than their counterparts from this pandemic. They have lost nearly 3,000 restaurants and employed 200,000 fewer workers than a year earlier,” he added.
“It will also get the most out of a competent and expedited vaccination schedule, which is why we claim there is no more important step the governor can take to get Michigan’s economy back on track than public confidence in Michigan’s ability restore safe dining and eating trips, ”Winslow concluded.
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During the coronavirus pandemic, Whitmer became notorious in many circles for imposing some of the toughest restrictions in the nation on the people of her state.
This piece was written by James Samson on January 22nd, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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