LANSING, Mi (Great Lakes News) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer thanked Michigan’s restaurants for closing down despite threatening fines and liquor license suspensions.

Governor Whitmer issued a statement Monday thanking restaurants for following The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ shutdown order. In what some are calling a tone-deaf message, she said she wanted to thank bar and restaurant owners for their “incredible sacrifices” over the past 10 months.

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Whitmer’s words come after 2,000 restaurants permanently closed and 6,000 more are on track to close if the shutdown continues.

Gov. Whitmer’s extension of November’s “three week pause” via The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is set to expire Friday.