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 extending the state’s ban on in-person dining at restaurants through Feb. 1:
“I am angry with the governor’s continued attack on Michigan restaurants and small business owners. Despite zero data or evidence that these job providers have been spreaders of the virus, she has shut them down and had her minions strip them of their licenses if they dared to disobey her in a last-ditch effort to stay afloat.
“I urge the governor to reconsider this extension and allow businesses to take necessary safety steps and reopen when they believe it to be safe for their patrons and workers.
“Since the governor and Director Gordon started their ‘three week pause’ back on Nov. 18, daily COVID-19 cases have been cut in half, the positive test percentage is down by over 45%, and hospitalizations have dropped by nearly 40%. These are the metrics the governor reportedly wanted to see reduced before reopening our economy. Well, they’re down substantially and Michigan restaurants and other family businesses remain shut down.
“Michigan restaurants have been closed to in-person dining for two months, and many of them will never reopen. It is heartbreaking to hear about business owners and unemployed workers struggling to make ends meet. The governor’s recent veto of unemployment relief and her ongoing shutdown make me wonder if she simply doesn’t care.”