The Michigan Restaurant Association filed a lawsuit against the state’s health director for banning dine-in service


LANSING, Michigan. – The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA) has filed a lawsuit against Robert Gordon pursuant to his ability as director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to block a ban on dine-in service.

The plaintiffs are Heirloom Hospitality Group LLC and HIH Inc. d / b / A suburban inn has joined the MRLA in a lawsuit. They are seeking an emergency preliminary injunction to resume consumption of food and beverages indoors.

Starting Wednesday and starting December 8, Michigan residents will only be able to order takeout from the restaurant, as long as outdoor seating is not available. This is under the new COVID-19 regulations of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

“We have such a high concentration of community spread across the state of Michigan that today this action is not an order to stay in a home, but it is geared towards limiting indoor gatherings of groups of people,” said the government when Gretchen Whitmer He announced the rules.

Read: Why is indoor dining in Michigan restaurants closed for 3 weeks despite fewer outbreaks?

MRLA President and CEO Justin Winslow issued the following statement:

“The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA) has filed in federal court for injunctive relief from an order issued on November 15 by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), which banned indoor dining in restaurants for the second time this year. We have taken this action after careful deliberation and as the last available option to prevent the external destruction of restaurant operators and their hundreds of thousands of employees across the state.

We would like to be clear that we made several good faith efforts prior to the public release of the order issued on 15 November to compromise with MDHHS, which aims to reduce risk while allowing for continued operation of the dining room will support. .

The MRLA has significantly increased restrictions on our industry, including reducing capacity at restaurants by 25% and enforcing a 10 o’clock curfew for the duration of the order. Although our proposal would challenge an already crisis-ridden industry, it was introduced in the executive office of Director Gordon and the Governor to reduce the far-reaching impact of direct closure.

We are hopeful of a swift and decisive victory in court, so restaurant operators do what we know they can do best – a great meal for our lives and our economy and a safe, socially distant, sanitary and regulated Can add value by providing exceptional hospitality. atmosphere.”

See the complaint below:

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