Detroit Free Press Reports that Joe and Rosalie Vicari, the owners of Andiamo restaurants in Detroit, wrote a letter asking restaurants to fight against closures issued following a lawsuit filed by the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association which seeks to end attempts to state to shut down restaurants to prevent COVID-19 transmission.
The Vicaris wrote that if they lose the lawsuit, the state will likely stop restoration activities until the end of the year.
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“Our industry cannot survive another extended shutdown,” the letter said. “Thousands of restaurants and tens of thousands of our employees cannot survive there either. We have to unite and FIGHT AGAINST, but we have to do it as United Group Michigan restaurant owners. “
Rosalie Vicari confirmed to reporters that she and her husband were the authors of the letter.
Part of Michigan public health restrictions include the closure of indoor restaurants and bars, organized and professional sports, in-person high schools, cinemas and other public spaces. These spaces will remain closed for three weeks.
The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association sued the state over the warrant and was denied a temporary restraining order on the policy on November 20.
The next hearing is scheduled for November 30.
If the group loses again, the Vicaris suggest that restaurant owners in the area get together and hold a press conference to local and national media “… to announce that as a strong collective group, we will reopen our restaurants on December 1st. 9. ”
Restaurants, bars and other eateries have suffered the brunt of the economic fallout catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The data as of July indicates that about 60 percent of restaurants closed due to the pandemic are permanently closed due to the revenue shutdown.
In Michigan alone, thousands of restaurants are on the verge of closing their doors, according to Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association.
“If the closure continues and federal stimulus funds are not immediately available, more than 6,000 additional restaurants will close permanently in the spring,” he reportedly wrote in a court document.
The order comes as Michigan struggles to contain its rapid COVID-19 transmission. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director Robert Gordon said the court’s current decision to uphold the state’s shutdown order would help save lives.
“Orders similar to this have been successful in stopping COVID outbreaks in many other countries. This is why public health experts support this approach, and we believe these targeted and temporary measures are necessary to avoid overwhelmed hospitals and the number of deaths as we saw in the spring, ”Gordon said afterwards. of the decision of November 20. “If we all mask ourselves and avoid indoor gatherings, not only will we save thousands of lives and protect our frontline health workers, but we can also enjoy dining inside without fear.”
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