Whitmer responds to Michigan restaurants considering defying state order, reopening indoor dining

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer responded Tuesday to restaurant owners who are considering defying state COVID-19 regulations and reopening for indoor dining if the order is extended beyond three weeks.

On Monday, the owner of Andiamo wrote a letter urges restaurants to merge and reopen if Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Rights extend the ban on indoor dining after the original December 8 expiration date.

Click here to read the full letter.

“We need to get together and fight the closure,” Vicari wrote. “Our industry is unable to survive another long-term closure. We are stronger when we stand together and use our strength to fight back. “

– Close restaurants again. Shopping malls are full of holiday shopping, hairdressers and gyms can still stay open, yet our restaurants are closed.

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On Tuesday, Whitmer was asked if the restaurant owners were talking about a breach of state order.

Here’s what you answered the question:

You know, let me just say this: I understand the frustration. I understand the fear. None of the decisions to be made in the last 10 months have been easy. They all weighed heavily on me, all of us.

“And yet, we know that this virus has killed more than 9,000 people in Michigan.” When 9/11 happened, the whole world stopped. We helped each other. We saw humanity in each other and entered our part. We have changed our way of life and travel forever because we keep each other safe.

“There have been more than three 9-11 in Michigan in the last 10 months. Destroyed families. So many of us know someone who died, or is struggling with COVID-19, or struggling with COVID-19 after receiving it. This is still a very real threat to all of us.

“I want these restaurants to be successful. I want to do everything I can to help them in these difficult times. That is why I have asked our legislature to adopt this $ 100 million plan. That is why I have asked our federal government to take some action, but since they have not done so, I hope that our legislature will work with me to make these restaurants easier.

“I don’t want them to have to make tough, horrible decisions that could jeopardize the workforce and customers because I want them to be successful and I know they need help and I’m trying to give that help.

“I would discourage anyone from intentionally breaking the law, no matter what the law is on any subject. I would be very discouraged. But I think at this moment we need to give each other a little empathy and a little grace and recognize the seriousness of the situation.. “

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