LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association says the state’s extension of restrictions on indoor dining until February is “unacceptable.”
In a statement from Justin Winslow, the association’s president and CEO, MRLA says there are more than 100,000 unemployed hospitality workers and thousands of small businesses on the edge of bankruptcy.
“There are more than 100,000 unemployed hospitality workers and thousands of small operators on the edge of bankruptcy all waiting for hope and direction, and once again it did not come,” Winslow said. “This is unacceptable and we should all demand more accountability.”
Read the full statement:
"The governor’s continuation of this pause without a plan—now expanding to 75 days—is without parallel in the nation in terms of its unwillingness or inability to provide leadership to a decimated industry and its workforce. There are more than 100,000 unemployed hospitality workers and thousands of small operators on the edge of bankruptcy all waiting for hope and direction, and once again it did not come. This is unacceptable and we should all demand more accountability.
Michigan’s restaurants have been closed for more days than any other state since the onset of the pandemic and Michigan stands alone as the only remaining statewide closure of dining rooms without a discernible, data-driven path to reopen and fully reintegrate in the economy. This, too, is unacceptable and we should all demand more accountability."
Important Points to Consider:
- Michigan has met all 3 of the “Key Metrics for Safe Restart” established by MDHHS:
- 7-day average of new cases per day
- Nov. 18, 2020: 6,932
- Dec. 17, 2020: 4,234
- Jan. 12, 2021: 3,029
- COVID-19 hospitalizations
- Nov. 18, 2020: 3,792
- Dec. 17, 2020: 3,547
- Jan. 12, 2021: 2,415
- Percent positivity
- Nov. 18, 2020: 13.45%
- Dec. 17, 2020: 9.6%
- Jan. 12, 2021: 7.16%
- Michigan’s hospitality job loss is twice the national average measured as a percent working in the industry today compared to February 2020 (last month prior to pandemic)
- Michigan is a bottom 5 state for hospitality jobs as a % of what they were 12 months prior.
- Michigan is a bottom 3 state for restaurant specific jobs as a % of what they were in February.
- Michigan has not prioritized vaccination for the hospitality industry, unlike most states that have similarly poor hospitality job loss. (For example: Washington D.C. is conducting all restaurant vaccination in early February and New York City in early March. Michigan hotel and restaurant workers are slotted for mid-May if the proposed schedule remain intact.)
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