Michigan Businesses Fear Restrictions As COVID Numbers Rise


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she is not actively considering new restrictions as COVID cases continue to rise in the state.

March 26, 2021: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 647,899; Death toll now at 16,004

For companies operating at 50% capacity, the increase in numbers is cause for concern.

“I mean as far as the numbers go up, it’s scary,” said Nick Waligora, Pitaya’s manager. “Nobody wants to hear that, especially with the vaccine in circulation.”

Speaking at the Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes and Politics event Thursday, Whitmer noted that many have made masks and social distancing a part of their routine.

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“Here’s what’s different from the spring surge or even the fall surge – we now know so much more about our common enemy COVID-19,” said Whitmer. “And so we’ve been able to take a more nuanced attack to keep people safe and re-engage sectors of our economy.”

And when it comes to vaccine distribution, 3.6 million Michiganians have received at least one injection and 16.5% of our population has received both.

“As cases are increasing, the number of people vaccinated is also increasing,” said Joel Padilla.

Padilla said his family and staff at Taqueria El Nacimiento in Detroit have been fully vaccinated. While safety is paramount, he hopes capabilities will not be reduced.

“50% of our staff is practically unemployed because waitresses depend on tables,” said Padilla.

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He believes the focus should be on boosting vaccine distribution, rather than increasing restrictions.

READ: Michigan COVID-19 Vaccines: How to Find Appointments, Phase Information

“As we move forward with vaccinating everyone so that we can achieve herd immunity, let’s get back to normal and we can get back to reality,” agreed Waligora.

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