LAKE ORION, Mich. – Michigan has Relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions for several indoor sites, including casinos, bowling alleys, and cinemas, but dining inside restaurants is still not allowed.
In fact, the updated order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services didn’t change restaurant restrictions at all.
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While it can only remain open for take out under current orders, one restaurant in Lake Orion is defying order by resuming its indoor catering services.
The Times Square restaurant was busy. Owner Kelly Luchkovitc said the restaurant is open an hour of waiting for customers all day.
“Something has to give,” Luchkovitc said. “These bills have to be paid or we’ll be on the streets.
Luchkovitc has been in Times Square for 12 years. She said she opened the doors because casinos and cinemas are allowed to open. Although the new order has closed concession stands and mandatory masks.
“It ruins our lives,” Luchkovitc said. “I don’t understand why some people can go here, some people can go there. Everything is fine, but coming to the restaurant is not? “
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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director Robert Gordon said the reason the concession stands are closed is to prevent any reason for someone to remove their mask indoors.
“There will be no changes to the higher risk settings of indoor bars and restaurants where masks are necessarily removed,” Gordon said.
Customers agree with Luchkovitc.
“Do you want to live behind sheltered doors for the rest of your years or do you want to go out and live that normal life that anyone can?” Matt Denoer asked.
“It has become more than ridiculous,” Dick Barker said. “I’m glad Kelly opens her seat.”
Governor Gretchen Whitmer exposed the science behind the ban in November, where she cited several studies that showed an increase in the spread of COVID-19 and indoor meals.
“Businesses that are places where people meet, indoors, from different households and take off their masks – like the places where you eat or drink – are particularly at risk right now,” Whitmer said. “It’s not the restaurant’s fault. It’s not the bar’s fault. It is not our fault. This is just the nature of COVID-19. “
Luchkovitc said she understood the risk, but said it should be up to individuals to choose to put themselves at risk.
“If you feel comfortable coming here, who are you, say no when you can go to all these other places?” Said Luchkovitc.
Health experts have repeatedly rejected the idea that individuals are putting themselves at risk because the virus can spread to people who have not chosen to take a risk, but for Luchkovitc, it is a risk that ‘she is ready to take.
“We don’t want bad things to happen, but we also have to survive,” she said.
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Hank Winchester, Local 4, asked Governor Gretchen Whitmer about restaurants during his COVID-19 briefing.
“We know our restaurants are suffering right now, and it’s not their fault COVID-19 has spread so far across the country and into our state,” Whitmer said.
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