LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Health and Human Services announced they are allowing in-person dining at restaurants after Feb. 1 with a 25% capacity limit but keeping high school winter contact sports shut down:
“I am still amazed at the governor’s continued abuse of power and her lack of understanding about the impact of her actions. She acts like she’s being gracious as she tells Michigan restaurants that in 10 days they can reopen at 25% capacity, yet she’s still jeopardizing their family businesses and the livelihoods of their workers.
“There is no evidence that indoor dining at restaurants has been a significant spreader of the virus. If the governor has such evidence, she should release it to the public. I would also like to see the specific data that justifies the arbitrary 100-person limit for larger facilities and the 10 p.m. curfew.
“Besides the repeated attacks on family businesses, I’m also frustrated that the governor continues to shut down high school winter contact sports. Our youth and student athletes continue to have their seasons delayed regardless of the preventive actions they have taken to stay safe and with absolutely no evidence these sports are a major driver in spreading COVID-19. Many of these kids will never get back these lost opportunities.”