As the whole state returns to the fourth stage, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services requires bars and restaurants to obtain customer contact information.
Michael Newkirk of Grand Rapids said: “I will provide it, and again I understand why they do it.”
MDHHS issued the new coronavirus guidelines on Thursday, part of which is that customers of bars and restaurants must provide their names and contact information from Monday.
Steve Hall of the Central Michigan Department of Health said that contact tracing will be strengthened.
Hall said: “I think the idea behind it is that by obtaining contact information, it should be possible to conduct investigations faster so that we can actually find people faster.”
However, Hall said, this strategy is not without hesitation:
“I have always been worried that people will provide false information for this, and in fact, from the perspective of tracking people in the facility, this may actually end up taking us longer.”
Mallory McCartney of Grand Rapids said this could become another obstacle for restaurants:
“Most people want to sit down right away when they want to go out to eat. They don’t want to write down their name, they have to provide all contact information.”
However, she said the restaurant must remain open.
McCartney said: “This puts them under a lot of pressure, but if that’s the case, to open up and continue to get paid, I think they will do everything they can.”
Hall said, in order to return to the past life:
“If we can all do this and work together; we can solve this problem.”