The following statement comes from Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), about the latest favorable court ruling in the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA) lawsuit:
“We are pleased that today’s verdict keeps alive the measures that save lives by restricting indoor gatherings that greatly increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading. Science is orderly: public health experts around the nation and the world say this type of action needs to be taken to prevent the health system from being overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases. In addition to protocols for special indoor gatherings, wearing face masks, social distance, and frequent hand washing, these give Michigan a fact-based approach to slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can return to a strong economy and return to normal as soon as possible. as we can. “
Gordon’s statement came on Wednesday after the judge refused to block Michigan’s indoor eating ban amid an outbreak of coronavirus cases. U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney says there is an “acceptable explanation” for the state order: People can’t eat or drink without removing the mask, which could spread the spread of the virus.
Maloney rejected the application for action, which had one week left during the three weeks of the indoor eating ban. Restaurants predict that the continued loss of customers could eliminate many of them. They also fear that Gretchen Whitmer Michigan’s governing government will extend a possible extension of the order.
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The MRLA and some restaurants have sued the state health director. They said they could provide indoor dining safely and were treated unfairly compared to other businesses.
Gordon spoke to reporters on Thursday:
“Today, I am asking us to set aside politics, focus on science, facts and our personal responsibility regardless of our party, to be smart, to slow down the epidemic, to protect hospitals under everyone below them, and to protect heroic health workers,” Gordon said.
The health director suggested six key things that health professionals currently know about the virus:
- Wearing masks:First, masks matter. There will always be people who say the Earth is flat, cigarettes are harmless, and masks make no difference. But science is now settled. “
- Stay outside: “Staying outside matters. The virus spreads primarily through drops, and outdoors, the virus spreads and becomes safer. Under indoor conditions, ventilation reduces the risk. “
- Social distance: “Keeping distance is key. The virus spreads more easily when people are close. “
- Activity type: “Mixing between households is a risk, especially if without masks. This includes not only partners but also small groups who hold occasional meetings in the office or look around for sports. There are many forms of vigorous exhalation – singing and speaking. This is part of the closure of organized sports. “
- Some risks are invisible: “A person who looks and feels good can still infect others with COVID.”
- Higher mortality rates among the elderly and those with the underlying disease: “While we need to be especially careful when we care for them, we all need to be careful about the elderly who live among us, not in bubbles.”
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