Michigan restaurant association releases plan to restore normal operations for hospitality industry

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Posted at 7:45 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 18:45:00-05

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association released a roadmap to eventually restore normal operations in the hospitality industry.

MRLA says the proposed plan aspires to provide a "clear, metric-driven solution" for elected officials that will enable owners to remain in business.

The first step of the plan is the creation of a reintegration schedule that directly ties restaurant and event space occupancy to the COVID-19 “Daily Positive Test Rate,” reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

“We have long advocated the need for a more comprehensive strategy for the economic reintegration of our restaurants, banquet centers and entertainment venues in Michigan,” said Justin Winslow, president & CEO of the MRLA. "Through this plan, we are putting our metrics where our mouth is and hope it proves a useful tool to elected leaders as we enter a new phase of the pandemic.”

The second step of the plan focuses on the importance of a systematic and expedited vaccination of the hospitality industry as “Other Essential Frontline Workers” under Category 1b established by MDHHS.

“There is no faster way to build back our restaurants and hotels than through the systematic, expedited vaccination of Michigan’s hospitality industry,” said Winslow. “Vaccination will provide safety to frontline workers, allow for the stable reintegration of Michigan’s second largest employer and restore public confidence that they may safely dine and travel once again.

View the full plan below:

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