Examining the impact of the omicron surge of COVID-19 on Michigan's hospitality industry

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jan 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-12 19:18:21-05

(WXYZ) — The explosive spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 is not only impacting our schools. Michigan's hospitality industry is also once again being slammed by the coronavirus.

Joining us to talk about it is in the 7 UpFront segment is Justin Winslow, President & CEO of the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association.

You can see the full interview in the video player above.

"I think the fall was a period where we consistently became a little more concerned, but it wasn't an outright crisis. I think at some point in December we entered a new era and you started seeing numerous events canceled, for hotels New Years was a disaster from what it could and should have been, and for the restaurant industry a lot of canceled parties, and you're starting to see numbers come back down," Winslow says. "We had some data showing that about 60% down in December is a major fall off in consumers attending restaurants."