Michigan hotels and restaurants urge COVID-19 vaccine so they can return to full capacity



LANSING, Michigan (WJRT) – A group representing Michigan hotels and restaurants has joined the call for people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday so they can return to full capacity.

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association applauded Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Vacc to Normal plan, which was released Thursday. It includes a series of vaccine benchmarks that Michigan must meet before COVID-19 restrictions are phased out.

Once 70% of adults aged 16 or older in the state receive at least one dose of the vaccine, all general COVID-19 restrictions will end and businesses can resume normal operations.

“We applaud the Governor for implementing what the MRLA has been asking for for months – a metrics-driven plan that offers incentives rather than mandates to deliver better results and more opportunities for the hospitality industry in peril, ”said Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the restaurant. and hosting association.

Currently, Michigan restaurants are limited to 50% of their indoor dining capacity and must close at 11 p.m. every night. The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association is committed to partnering with the Whitmer administration to encourage vaccinations against COVID-19.

“We will continue our partnership with this administration to provide new avenues for restaurants and hotels to inspire and encourage higher vaccination rates of all Michiganders so that we can quickly break through the era of capacity limits, by rallying restrictions and mitigation measures, ”Winslow said.

He pointed out that 17,000 restaurants and hotels across Michigan, which represent approximately 400,000 jobs, rely on the summer tourist season. As vaccination rates rise and COVID-19 restrictions decrease, corporate fortunes will improve.

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