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Restaurants promise to keep employees and patrons safe

Since reopening, restaurants have had to walk a fine line in order to stay open. The Michigan Restaurant Promise sets up a set of guidelines for the food service industry. In order to do so restaurants across west michigan are making a promise to their staff and customers to operate safely. They’re signing onto the Michigan Restaurant Promise.

Dave Ringler is the owner of Cedar Springs brewing company north of Grand Rapids, his brewing company has joined the promise. He said in order to stay safe restaurants may have to hold themselves to a higher standard.

“Our restaurants have been faced with an unprecedented situation, and we’re committed to doing things right and keeping the safety of our guests and employees as a priority,” said Ringler.

He said his business was already following a lot of the guidelines so they were quick to adopt a few more.

Ringler said the promise includes best practices like employee health checks and being transparent with staff and the public if three are health concerns, but also for the community to be receptive.

He said,“It’s a statement to our guests that we’re gonna be doing everything we can to reduce the risk as much as possible, and in return we also ask your cooperation to reduce the risk on each other and on our employees.”

Ringler said there has been a fair share of tough customers who don't like the rules, but at the end of the day the safety of customers and employees is what is important.