Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan today again called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to allow Michigan restaurants to resume indoor dining.
Whitmer’s administration banned indoor dining through an order issued Nov. 18, saying the ‘pause’ would last three weeks. The order already has been extended twice, and it’s now scheduled to run through Jan. 15.
Griffin said the governor must not further extend the restriction.
“The governor may have forgotten about our restaurant workers, and their families, who are suffering because of her COVID-19 orders – but I have not forgotten,” Griffin said. “I hear from them about their suffering every single day, and I am fighting on their behalf for a common-sense solution. These restrictions on their ability to safely earn a living must end.
“The restaurant industry knows how to operate safely with proper protocols in place for employees and customers,” Griffin said. “They must be allowed to do so.”
Griffin said the ban on in-person dining worsens an already bleak economy hammered by the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Griffin said her House district – covering parts of Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties – still has more than 200 unresolved Unemployment Insurance Agency claims from people who can’t get the benefits they need and deserve. This is in addition to those who are receiving benefits.
“Every single one of these claims represents a real person – a mom or a dad trying to feed their families, under extreme stress due to the governor’s COVID restrictions,” Griffin said. “Each day the ban on in-person dining is in place adds to the state’s economic struggles, and puts more and more families on the financial brink. I will continue to fight for them as the state weathers COVID-19.”
Rep. Griffin says the House vote Thursday evening to end the $300 weekly federal unemployment pandemic benefit next Tuesday is a move to get Michigan open again and on the road to a prosperous future.
House Workforce and Talent Development Committee Chair Rep. Beth Griffin talks about Thursday’s “State of the Workforce” committee hearing, saying more than a dozen employers testified that they need people to come back to work. Rep. Griffin also called on the Governor to end the additional $300 weekly federal unemployment benefit.
Rep. Beth Griffin today led state House approval of a plan that would end Michigan’s participation in a federal government bonus unemployment payment program that is hindering the economic recovery from the COVID pandemic.