Zorn says relaxed COVID-19 restrictions ‘a good step’ but still ‘a long way to go’

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 reducing the state’s restrictions on Michigan small businesses, including in-person dining at restaurants:

“I’m thankful the governor has decided to let our struggling Michigan restaurants and small businesses further reopen. It is a good step forward to allowing them to safely serve their customers and make ends meet, but there’s still a long way to go.

“Locally owned businesses and their workers deserve to be treated fairly. The governor and her officials have been extremely harsh on our job providers for months. While they were quick to shut down thousands of family businesses, they have been shamefully slow in allowing them to safely reopen. Even now, the governor is still imposing a 50% capacity limit on restaurants when none of our neighbors have any statewide dining restrictions.

“Considering everything we’ve been through, the Michigan people and our small businesses deserve to know what metrics the governor is using. Last month, the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association outlined a commonsense plan tying decisions directly to the rate of positive coronavirus tests. It might not be perfect, but it’s a clear set of guidelines that lets everyone know what to expect.”