On Monday Governor Whitmer announced MDHHS was extending the 3 week pause for another 12 days. State Representative Scott VanSingel offers his view of the action.
"I am not just disappointed with the governor's actions today in extending this selective shutdown, I'm furious. While I do believe we need to take steps to slow the spread of this virus, I strongly disagree with targeting a few specific industries. The restaurant industry has been hit especially bad by these orders and this 12 day extension may be more than many, if not most can bear. We have seen stats that indicate only 4% of Covid cases can be traced to restaurants. It is absurd to destroy this entire industry when 96% of the cases are coming from other sources.
Furthermore, new infections have dropped in recent days which makes this even more unnecessary. I've spoken to so many small business owners in my district who do not want to be government dependents, they want to work! This latest move will likely trigger legal action. There are reasons we could not pursue legal actions in the first few weeks. The restaurant industry tried and lost. We have a much stronger case at this point.
Again, we can limit the spread of this virus by practicing basic sanitation, avoiding large gatherings, and wearing a mask when out in public. All of this can be done without government mandates. Please be assured the legislature and your representative hear your concerns and are fighting for you.
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