Nightside Report Nov. 30, 2020: Restaurant owners urge others to reopen next week; Local leaders press state lawmakers for COVID relief

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View of Detroit from the Windsor sky camera on Oct. 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
View of Detroit from the Windsor sky camera on Oct. 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (WDIV)

Andiamo owners urge Michigan restaurants to defy shutdown order, reopen if ‘3-week pause’ extends

DETROIT – Two prominent restaurateurs stand by their letter, saying they would reopen their dining rooms after a three-week restriction order expires next week and called on restaurants to join forces in doing the same.

“This industry is hanging on by a thread,” Rosalie Vicari said. Rosalie and her husband Joe Vicari own the Vicari restaurant group, with high-end restaurants like Joe Muer Seafood, Brownies On The Lake and multiple Andiamo Italian restaurants.

Michigan coronavirus cases up to 360,449; Death toll now at 9,134

Metro Detroit weather: 2-4 inches of snow for most by Tuesday morning

Snow will continue to stack up through at least midday Tuesday. And as temperatures fall tonight, the accumulation will start on some paved surfaces as well.

Click here to read the full forecast.

4 Fast Facts

  • Residents of a Warren neighborhood are worried about the plan to remove the traffic light on their road as part of the massive Mound Road rebuild project. Click here to read more.
  • A Detroit mother is pleading for help after her 28-year-old son was killed in a hit and run crash earlier this month on East Eight Mile Road. Click here to read more.
  • According to court documents, one young man who was given that second chance made a big mistake when he posted on Instagram. Click here to read more.
  • Beaumont Hospital has held Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams every December since 2017 -- this year the event will be different due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Click here to read more.

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Local leaders press Michigan lawmakers for COVID financial relief measures

A day ahead of Michigan lawmakers returning to work in Lansing, mayors and business leaders on Monday called on the federal and state governments for coronavirus pandemic relief as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest request of legislative leadership hangs over the upcoming session.

“I think 2021 and 2022 are going to be some of the toughest times facing municipal governments certainly since the Great Recession, perhaps even worse,” said Michigan State University professor Eric Scorsone during a Monday press conference. Scorsone has done work with Michigan municipalities like Lansing, Flint and Detroit.

Will Michiganders be willing to get COVID-19 vaccine? Depends who you ask, study shows

On Monday, Moderna joined Pfizer in submitting its vaccine for an emergency use authorization. But if a vaccine is authorized, will people be willing to get it? A University of Michigan poll found it depends on who you ask.

“We asked a national sample of older adults, aged 50-60, (about the) future COVID-19 vaccine and what their thoughts were,” U of M Dr. Preeti Malani said. “Overall, 58% of 58-year-olds said they’re likely to get vaccinated against COVID-19.”

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine hits another milestone, moves step closer to public use

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine hit another major milestone, as the company is submitting its application for an emergency use authorization, starting the formal review process and moving a step closer to public use. Moderna submitted emergency use authorization to the Food and Drug Administration on Monday. The company’s president said everyone feels the pressure of this moment.

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Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 --

About the Author:

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.