Michigan restaurant owner reacts to new indoor dining capacity rule
LANSING, Mich. – Tuesday’s announcement that Michigan restaurants are able to increase their indoor dining capacity comes as good news for establishments that have now had to deal with two shutdowns since the pandemic started. “Today (Tuesday), we are announcing that restaurants and bars can operate at 50% capacity. READ: Michigan loosens COVID restrictions on restaurants -- here are all the detailsAd“It’s encouraging, it’s very encouraging,” said Nikola’s BBQ manager, Velko Milosevich. “I’m just hopeful by summer, things will return to normal. The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association issued a statement on the updated restriction:
Michigan restaurant association proposes plan to increase indoor dining capacity
Frustrated that restaurants are still at 25% capacity for indoor dining, the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA) released a plan to get restaurants back on stable financial ground that uses COVID positivity rates to determine restaurant density. Michigan’s current COVID positivity rate is just over 3%, which according to the plan from MRLA, would allow for 50% density. MRLA CEO Justin Winslow said restaurants that have reopened under the current 25% rule are doing it primarily to remind customers that they are still open. READ: 11 takeaways from Whitmer’s COVID update: Variant spreading, Michigan vaccinations, relief moneyAdAmato said the restaurant is more than a small business to her. “I think it’s time and this industry is owed some more concrete planning from the administration that can be driven by data.”READ MORE:
Michigan health director favors latest ruling in restaurants’ COVID restrictions lawsuit
Maloney turned down a request for an injunction with a week left in the three-week indoor dining ban. Restaurants predict that the steady loss of customers could put many of them out of business. Whitmer said about chance of Michigan’s stricter COVID-19 rules extending past 3 weeksThe MRLA and some restaurants sued the state health director. They said they can safely provide indoor dining and were being treated unfairly when compared to other businesses. The health director offered six key things that medical professionals know about the virus right now:
Judge refuses to block ban on Michigan indoor dining
DETROIT – A judge on Wednesday refused to block Michigan’s ban on indoor dining amid a surge in coronavirus cases. Maloney turned down a request for an injunction with a week left in the three-week indoor dining ban. Whitmer said about chance of Michigan’s stricter COVID-19 rules extending past 3 weeksThe Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association and some restaurants sued the state health director. They said they can safely provide indoor dining and were being treated unfairly when compared to other businesses. The judge said he might ask the Michigan Supreme Court for guidance on that point.
Andiamo owners urge Michigan restaurants to defy shutdown order, reopen if ‘3-week pause’ extends
UPDATE: Andiamo owner backtracks: ‘We have never and will never defy mandated orders’“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. Their new letter called on Metro Detroit restaurants to band together at a meeting this week. Restaurants said the order to close dining rooms is unconstitutional and not supported by science. Yet, restaurants are closed and we just don’t understand that,” Rosalie Vicari said.
Michigan restaurant association files lawsuit against state’s health director to block ban on dine-in service
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA) has filed a lawsuit against Robert Gordon, in his capacity as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) director, to block the ban on dine-in service. Inc. d/b/a Suburban Inns have joined MRLA in the lawsuit. Starting Wednesday and lasting through Dec. 8, Michigan residents will only be able to order takeout from restaurants, unless outdoor seating is available. That is under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service’s new COVID-19 rules. READ: Why is indoor dining at Michigan restaurants being shut down for 3 weeks despite fewer outbreaks?
Cold weather puts thousands of Michigan restaurants, hotels at risk for closure, MRLA says
The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA) is sounding the alarm on the coming struggle of cold weather business during the coronavirus pandemic. “The hospitality industry in Michigan finds itself in a precarious position this fall as dropping temperatures and mandatory capacity restrictions indoors threaten its very existence,” said Justin Winslow, president & CEO of the MRLA. Despite leading the statewide employment gains this summer, restaurants in Michigan are operating with 1/3 fewer employees than they otherwise at this time of the year. Michigan hotel occupancy rates are down 23.5 percent compared to last year, according to MRLA. In response, MRLA has launched the “Don’t Leave Michigan’s Hospitality Industry Out in the Cold” campaign, including a list of common-sense public policy solutions to help Michigan’s restaurants and hotels survive the transition to a colder, less predictable fall season.