DETROIT (AP) — Just hours before another shutdown, a Michigan restaurant association sued Tuesday to try to stop a ban on indoor dining, attacking the latest restrictions from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration in response to a wave of coronavirus cases.
The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association said it made “several good-faith efforts” to reach a compromise with the state health department before the three-week policy was announced Sunday night. The group said its members could have further reduced risk while keeping their dining rooms open.READ MORE: Genesee County Sheriff's Office Rescues 18 Kids On Its 30 Most Vulnerable List During GHOST Operation
Without court intervention, the ban on indoor dining could lead to the “outright devastation” of restaurants and their thousands of employees, said Justin Winslow, the association’s president.
The lawsuit asks a federal judge in western Michigan to grant an injunction allowing indoor dining and declare the health department’s order unconstitutional.READ MORE: Suspect In Highland Park Mass Shooting Wore Women's Clothes To Avoid Detection, Police Say
The lawsuit claims the order violates the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause and due process rights.
Other plaintiffs are Suburban Inns of Hudsonville, which owns hotels and restaurants, and Heirloom, a Detroit-area restaurant group.MORE NEWS: MSP Investigate Shooting On I-94 Near Southfield Freeway
Michigan’s seven-day average of daily new coronavirus cases has more than doubled from 3,113 to 6,684 over two weeks. It is up nearly five-fold from 30 days ago.
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