Zorn upset with extension of Michigan COVID-19 restrictions through Jan. 15

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 ban on in-person dining at restaurants through Jan. 15:

“Restaurants have been closed to in-person dining for over a month, so they cannot be part of any current spreading of the virus. They have been closed and many of their employees have not been working, yet for some unknown reason, they are being forced to shut down for another month.

“I am upset and frustrated that the governor once again decided to go it alone and announce devastating restrictions with no input from the Legislature — at the same time we’ve been hard at work finalizing critical relief funding for Michigan workers and businesses affected by these ongoing shutdowns.

“This extension seems especially cruel considering the time of year. It will mean many people in our community will spend their Christmas and New Year’s wondering how they will make ends meet and many of the closed family-owned businesses may never reopen. Nine months into this pandemic, restaurant owners have adapted and implemented safety measures. They should be trusted to operate safely.

“I am also tremendously frustrated that these orders are wildly inconsistent and lack any transparency to the public. The Michigan people deserve more than soundbites at a press conference. They deserve answers.”