Michigan Restaurant Association

Damain Gadal

Just one day after Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended her stay at home order until May 28th, the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association released its plan for reopening restaurants.

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An industry group says as many as one third of Michigan’s restaurants and hotels could close in the wake of the coronavirus.

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Business backed organizations say two initiatives waiting for approval from the Board of State Canvassers should not be on the November ballot. They’re challenging the initiatives to raise the state’s minimum wage and to require earned sick time for employees.

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Michigan’s unemployment rate is below five percent.

That’s good news for the state overall, but it’s having an unexpected impact on restaurants who say they are struggling to attract employees.