Great Falls, Michigan—Michigan has tightened restrictions on gatherings after linking more than 30 known outbreaks of gatherings to family events, weddings, and funerals.
Immediately, indoor venues with fixed seats can only accommodate up to 50 guests at a time, while the original 500 people can only dine, and the restaurant can only accommodate 6 people per table.
With the help of COVID contact tracking, this dining experience will become more personalized. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services stated that bars and restaurants will need to start collecting customer names and phone numbers.
The series will start on Monday, November 2nd.
Some people say that this is another way to separate it out without actual evidence from the restaurant and bar industry, only when the capacity of the restaurant and bar industry has reached 50%.
Scott Ellis, executive director of the Michigan Chartered Beverage Association, asked: “Similarly, if the data is not true, what data should be collected? How do we know its quality?”
His association has cooperated with the state on the new standards, but he said this does not always mean that both parties agree.
He told FOX 17 that it is not suitable to fix the COVID increase in restaurants and bars.
He said: “Our front-line servers have encountered trouble in handling masks and authorizations and mandatory masks.” “We have conducted downgrade training and various other assistance. Now, we are entering a new level. We must collect Is someone’s personal information?”
The state will require all restaurants and bars that provide dinning food services to maintain accurate records to record the names and phone numbers of on-site diners and the date and time they entered.
“We just told them to’look at the name and phone number to be obtained and write it on the paper’ because if the health department calls you and says,’Hey, someone came in that day, I need this list’, they It must be provided,” Ellis said.
If the customer does not want to provide this information, they can refuse their service.
“You accept it when you order it is just what you have to do, then how many people are unwilling to provide it when ordering, how authentic is it? We don’t know,” Ellis said. “And I think that when you want to sit down in a restaurant, just don’t expect others to use your name and phone number just because you want to have a drink or a hamburger.”
On Thursday, MDHHS updated its “Party and Mask Order.”
The agency said the state’s positive rate was 5.5%, higher than the previous 2%, with 12 cases related to bar or restaurant outbreaks.
Other extensions include no more than 50 people for indoor gatherings without fixed seats, and no more than 6 people on seating tables for bars, restaurants and indoor non-resident gatherings.
The President and CEO of the Michigan Hotel and Lodging Association said:
“We appreciate and respect the efforts of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to ensure the safety of all Michigan residents as the number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan continues to rise. However, we believe that, given the available science and data, specific to There are no advantages to contact tracking tasks in the restaurant industry.
The COVID-19 outbreak investigation data collected by MDHHS continues to show that despite the increasing workload in restaurants, the spread of dining from restaurants is very small, accounting for only 2% of all investigation cases in the state. Regarding the scale and scope of an industry that serves millions of people every day and employs hundreds of thousands of employees, such reasonable efforts are more likely to result in unemployment, foreclosures, and reduced restaurant spread, which will prevent spread.
Restaurants across the state are facing challenges in 2020, providing a place for people to gather safely, enjoy food and feel good and humane. We remain confident that if given the opportunity, restaurants will continue to provide this experience in a safer environment compared to alternatives with lower regulations and hygiene requirements. “
Justin Winslow, President and CEO of MRLA
Ellis said that their members have done the same with masks, social isolation and personal protective equipment (including disinfectants), and he wants customers to know that they are just following the law.
“Because these servers are just doing what they have to make a living. The owners of bars and restaurants are doing what they need to do to stay alive and open. So please respect them when you ask, not because they are just caught in the middle And disappointed in them.” Ellis said.
It is not clear how long the company must keep, but Ellis hopes to clarify this as soon as possible.
Those who fail to comply will face a fine of $1,000.
For those outbreaks, state officials said that nearly 20 churches that were exempt from the order were linked.
According to the constitutionality of the order, MDHHS stated: “The Michigan Public Health Act passed by the legislature gives the director of the department broad powers to take urgent orders to protect public health during a pandemic, including the prohibition of gatherings during pandemics and other procedures to ensure continued Carry out basic public health services and the implementation of health laws.“