By Bria Brown

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.