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Due to COVID-19, Local restaraunts turn to takeout only

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This is normally one of the busiest times of the year for Michigan restaurants and bars, but not this year.

The state health department’s three week ban on indoor dining to curb a surge in COVID-19 cases is forcing many to turn to take out orders to survive.

Amy Zehnder Grossi is the general manager of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Frankenmuth.

“So we’re going to serve 2,000 people and normally we would serve 7,000 people.  That’s certainly is not going to be a positive thing to our bottom line.   However we are grateful that we can just still service the guests that we can.”

The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association is suing to have the temporary indoor dining ban lifted.