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Federal judge denies request from Michigan restuarants

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Michigan restaurants won't re-open legally for indoor dining this weekend.

After a federal judge today [FRI] denied a request from Michigan’s restaurant industry to block new state restrictions.

The state health department ordered restaurants go carry out or outdoor dining only for three weeks in reaction to a surge in covid-19 cases.

The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association asked a judge for a temporary restraining order, claiming it’s unfair to put restrictions on bars and restaurants but not other businesses.

But the federal judge declined, noting people who patronize other businesses can wear a mask, adding quote: “In contrast, individuals cannot eat or drink while wearing a mask.”

The lawsuit is not over a hearing is scheduled after Thanksgiving.

Restaurant Association CEO Justin Winslow says more Michigan restaurant workers will lose their jobs.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A