LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Restaurant owners across Michigan say science and data do not back up Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new recommendations to pause indoor dining for the next two weeks.
Whitmer’s suggestions for a two-week pause for restaurants, schools, and sports clubs in a Friday news conference come as COVID-19 cases surge in Michigan.
The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) called Gov. Whitmer’s recommendation to avoid indoor restaurant dining “misguided” after the governor urged voluntary compliance with several lockdown proposals.
The MRLA pointed out less than half of one percent of outbreaks involve restaurant patrons and that “the continued scapegoating of the restaurant industry without proof or reliable data won’t make” herd immunity come any sooner.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last week, Whitmer appeared to admit that her lockdown measures contributed to a lack of antibodies now needed to fight new variants of COVID-19.
Additionally, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that states with the strictest lockdown measures in the last year, which include Michigan, New York, and California, have reported more cases per capita in the same time frame, despite leaving certain restrictions in place.
These Democrat-run states also still have mask mandates in place while surrounding states have moved to “mask advisories.”