Sen. MacDonald worried reduced COVID-19 restrictions ‘too little, too late’

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Health and Human Services announced they are reducing the state’s COVID-19 restrictions but keeping limits on in-person dining at restaurants:

“We need to continue to support our family-run businesses that are the heartbeat of our economy and our communities. I am worried that this positive step is too little, too late for many of our local job providers who are struggling to survive under the governor’s punitive restrictions.

“The fact is, you can allow restaurants and other businesses to safely operate without jeopardizing the public. None of our neighboring states have a statewide dining capacity restriction, yet according to the CDC, Wisconsin and Indiana both have had fewer COVID-19 cases over the past seven days.

“The governor’s extended shutdowns and extreme restrictions have been devastating to thousands of Michigan family restaurants and small businesses. They deserve to know when they will be able to fully reopen.”