DETROIT (AP) – A judge on Friday refused to lift a three-week ban on indoor eating in Michigan, one of the latest restrictions on coronavirus imposed by the administration of Gov. Gitchen Whitmer.
Meanwhile, the state health department, reported a new daily maximum of confirmed cases of COVID-19, 9,779 and 53 additional deaths as the virus continued to grow.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney in Kalamazoo said an order to lift the ban on indoor eating would not be appropriate, especially when the state has not been able to respond to the lawsuit.
The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association, which has thousands of members, is court trial to try to stop the ban on eating indoors started on Wednesday. The group said restaurants could take further steps to reduce the risk of coronavirus without stopping customers.
The group said its members were treated unfairly compared to other companies. However, the judge was not shaken.
“People who patronize a business that stays open can do it – and they should do it – while wearing face coverage. “In contrast, people can’t eat or drink while wearing a mask,” Maloney said.
Maloney has scheduled the next hearing for November 30, nearly two weeks after the three-week ban.
Association chairman Justin Winslow said the denial of the restraining order meant “several more restaurateurs will lose their jobs in the coming days as the restaurants remain closed.”
Private classes in high schools and colleges are also banned for three weeks, and casinos, theaters and rehearsals are closed.
“If we all disguise ourselves and avoid indoor gatherings, we will not only save thousands of lives and protect our health workers from the front line, but we will also be able to enjoy dinner at the indoor restaurant without fear,” said the director of the health department. Robert Gordon I said.
The average duration of cases in Michigan is 7,408, which is more than four times more than a month ago. The seven-day average mortality rate, 76, has tripled in just two weeks. Hospitals continue to accept more patients with COVID-19 on the wave.
In Kent County, home of Grand Rapids, the health department issued a warning that it cannot investigate cases and carry out timely follow-up of contacts when the volume of cases is so large. More than 15% of tests return positive there.
Dr. Adam London, the county’s district health officer, advised anyone with symptoms widely associated with the virus to isolate themselves immediately and get tested.
“Our local levels of infection have reached dangerous levels,” he said. “We must take decisive action throughout the community to protect the health of our residents and alleviate the pressure on our hospitals, first-line health workers and public health investigators and follow-up contacts.”
Egert reports from Lansing.