In recent months, Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has become notorious in many parts of the country for her incredibly stringent COVID-19 restrictions. However, after just announcing its latest “very frustrating” coronavirus restrictions on the people of Michigan, hundreds of restaurant owners are fighting back.
Restaurant owners fight back against Whitmer
The owners of Joe Vicari Restaurant Group have brought together hundreds of restaurant owners from across the state ready to battle Whitmer’s latest orders with whatever they have.
“I called my restaurant groups in southeast Michigan to join forces,” said Joe Vicari, president and owner of the restaurant group, to Fox Business. “We had about 400 restaurants together.”
He went on to say that restaurant owners could meet on Skype as face-to-face gatherings were severely restricted in the state.
“We stand united,” he said. “We want to find a solution with the governor to reopen restaurants.”
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Whitmer’s ‘three week break’ eating in the house
It did so after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) took a “three-week hiatus” on November 18, banning all indoor dining until December 8. However, Whitmer ominously said last week that she is open to further additions to that order.
“At this point, it’s really too early to say exactly where we’ll be in a few days, let alone next week,” said Whitmer. “But I think it’s important that people know that we haven’t predetermined anything.”
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“I would assume that by early next week we’ll have a much better idea of what this hiatus meant (and) if people took it seriously and played their part,” she added. “If everyone does their part, those numbers will go down.”
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Vicari went on to say that he and his restaurant colleagues initially thought they were “only opening restaurants,” but lawyers told them that the authorities had the power to close any restaurant.
“We learned very quickly that it is difficult to fight against City Hall,” said Rosalie Vicari, co-owner of the restaurant group. “When you work in an industry that is controlled by state licenses, food permits, and alcohol permits, you don’t have much to say.”
She added that restaurants are a safe place for both employees and guests.
“We, as restaurateurs, are very confident that we have followed the governor’s protocols to keep our restaurants safe,” she said.
This piece was written by James Samson on December 7th, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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