(WXYZ) — The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association released what they're calling the "Roadmap to Reopening" for restaurants in Michigan.
It comes just one day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a stay-at-home order extension through May 28 and her plan to safely reopen Michigan's economy.
The plan is a step-by-step guide to navigating restaurant integration with checklists and more for restaurants.
The association also hared with with Whitmer's administration. The association believes that restaurants should be allowed to reopen on May 29.
“The Roadmap to Reopening is thoughtful and thorough guidance for restaurant operators, incorporating the best practices of several federal agencies, relevant content from existing Executive Orders and innovative recommendations from our involvement in the Michigan Economic Recovery Council,” said Justin Winslow, President and CEO of the MRLA. “Knowing that half of all states have already reopened restaurant dining in some capacity, we felt the time was right to share our expertise with the Governor Whitmer so that she has every tool she needs to safely reopen restaurants on May 29.”
There are 8 checklists in the MRLA Roadmap to Reopening :
• Expand and establish cleaning procedures
• Develop a COVID-19 response team, customized for small restaurants and large chains
• Employee health and PPE requirements
• Customer health and social distancing
• Managing food pick-up and delivery
• Verify third parties, guidance for working with vendors and suppliers
• Reopening water systems for safe consumption and use
• Menu and the supply chain
The restaurant industry has lost about $1.2 billion in sales in April alone, and nearly 250,000 employees have been furloughed our laid off.
“Michigan Restaurants have been decimated since their forced closure on March 16,” added Winslow. “Those that remain in business stand ready to meet or exceed the challenging, but necessary new standard procedures that will keep their guests and team members safe. These restaurateurs are Michiganders who need to be afforded that opportunity before it is too late.”
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