Michigan businesses fear restrictions as COVID count rises

Michigan businesses fear restrictions as COVID count rises

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she is not actively considering new restrictions as COVID cases continue to rise in the state.

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For companies operating at 50% of their capacity, the increase in staff is worrying.

“I mean in terms of the numbers going up, it’s scary,” said Nick Waligora, manager at Pitaya. “No one wants to hear that, especially with the spread of the vaccine.”

Speaking at the Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes and Politics event on Thursday, Whitmer pointed out that many have made masks and social distancing part of their routine.

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“Here’s the thing that’s different from the spring push or even the fall push: we now know a lot more about our common enemy COVID-19,” Whitmer said. “So we were able to take a more nuanced attack to keep people safe and to re-engage sectors of our economy.”

And when it comes to vaccine distribution, 3.6 million Michiganders have had at least one vaccine and 16.5% of our population has had both.

“As cases increase, so does the number of people vaccinated,” said Joel Padilla.

Padilla said her family and staff at Taqueria El Nacimiento in Detroit have been fully immunized. While safety is paramount, he hopes that capacity will not be reduced.

“50% of our staff are practically out of work because the waitresses depend on the tables,” said Padilla.

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He believes the focus should be on promoting vaccine distribution, rather than increasing restrictions.

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“As long as we move forward with vaccinating everyone so that we can achieve herd immunity, get back to normal and we can get back to reality,” agreed Waligora.

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