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President & CEO Rick Baker Provides Statement Regarding Easing of Indoor Dining Restriction

Staff 172(Grand Rapids, Mich. – January 22, 2021) – “The governor’s move to ease the two-month pause on indoor dining is a positive step. We need to give our small business operators and employees the chance to operate safely.

As one of the only states with an indoor dining ban, the pause has had a devastating impact on this industry and its workforce, putting many workers on unemployment and small businesses on the edge of bankruptcy with an uncertain future.

While we applaud the step forward, the 25% capacity limit will not be enough to sustain these businesses. We hope specific details are shared soon on how capacity can be increased. To help Michiganders pull together to make this step successful for our restaurants and communities, we urge the governor to establish a data-driven path to a safe and sustainable reopening.”

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