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Desperation growing at Michigan restaurants after new COVID limits

Desperation growing at Michigan restaurants after new COVID limits

November 24, 2020 | Paula Gardner

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are growing, but the state’s bar and restaurant industry says its dining rooms are unfairly shut down. Layoffs continue, and many warn of more closures.

Judge won't allow Michigan restaurants to immediately reopen dining rooms

Judge won't allow Michigan restaurants to immediately reopen dining rooms

November 20, 2020 | Paula Gardner, Jonathan Oosting

The restaurant industry warns that 250,000 employees could be laid off under new COVID-19 restrictions. A judge denied a request for an injunction, but the trade group’s suit seeking to overturn the measure continues.

 Michigan business leaders fear more closures after 3-week COVID ‘pause’

Michigan business leaders fear more closures after 3-week COVID ‘pause’

November 17, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Frustrations are mounting because Michigan’s restrictions don’t set goals for case counts. That’s prompted some leaders to fear the three-week ‘pause’ could stretch for many more weeks.

‘Shock and despair’ as Michigan bars, restaurants take another COVID hit

‘Shock and despair’ as Michigan bars, restaurants take another COVID hit

November 16, 2020 | Paula Gardner

In a Q&A, the head of a licensed beverage industry group said the state’s three-week ban on indoor service is not justified by where outbreaks are happening and will devastate businesses and laid-off workers if relief doesn’t come soon.

This Michigan store was a dream come true. Coronavirus still has it on hold.

This Michigan store was a dream come true. Coronavirus still has it on hold.

November 16, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Not all stores in Michigan reopened or closed. Some are stuck in limbo, like this one, just outside Detroit, where the owner is still hopeful about reopening, when it’s safe.

COVID pushed people outdoors. Michigan’s ski industry is ready for them.

COVID pushed people outdoors. Michigan’s ski industry is ready for them.

November 16, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Recreational activity skyrocketed in Michigan through spring and summer. Now the state’s snowsports businesses hope they’ll get a similar burst of sales.

Michigan cracks down on workplace COVID rules, urges remote working

Michigan cracks down on workplace COVID rules, urges remote working

November 12, 2020 | Paula Gardner

State health officials will be inspecting offices across the state for masks, social distancing and other compliance. Fines of $7,000 are possible if they find violations.

Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is being made in Michigan

Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is being made in Michigan

November 9, 2020 | Paula Gardner

The drug giant’s campus in Portage is the epicenter for one of several vaccines being developed as the world watches coronavirus cases climb once more.

Michigan softens restaurant rules requiring customer info during COVID

Michigan softens restaurant rules requiring customer info during COVID

November 3, 2020 | Paula Gardner

The restaurant industry was frustrated by rules requiring them to collect customer names and phone numbers to help limit COVID-19. New guidance provided Tuesday suggests restaurants won’t be held responsible if patrons don’t cooperate.

Whitmer administration leaves restaurants in dark on new COVID rule

Whitmer administration leaves restaurants in dark on new COVID rule

November 2, 2020 | Paula Gardner

New pandemic rules require restaurants to get customers’ names and phone numbers to help with contact tracing if there is an outbreak. But as the rules took effect Monday, state health officials had yet to give restaurants guidance on how to enforce them.

Michigan unemployment: the latest updates on fraud, stop payments and more

Michigan unemployment: the latest updates on fraud, stop payments and more

October 30, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Some say it’s time for full reform. Others just want to make sure the state’s overwhelmed unemployment benefit system can handle today’s claims.

Trump economic adviser to Detroit group: ‘Getting back to work’ is top goal

Trump economic adviser to Detroit group: ‘Getting back to work’ is top goal

October 28, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Larry Kudlow also told the Detroit Economic Club that the administration would not encourage a business lockdown as coronavirus rebounds in Michigan and across the nation.

Michigan retailers worry COVID spike will keep customers away. Again.

Michigan retailers worry COVID spike will keep customers away. Again.

October 26, 2020 | Paula Gardner

It’s been a hard year for stores and restaurants. Now they head into winter amid worry that a second wave of COVID-19 will hinder sales during the critical holiday season.

Michigan business leaders urge Whitmer and Republicans to unite on COVID

Michigan business leaders urge Whitmer and Republicans to unite on COVID

October 21, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Some of the state’s top CEOs sent a letter Wednesday urging Republican lawmakers and the state’s Democratic governor to present a united front on coronavirus safety measures as Michigan braces for a second wave of the virus.

New grocery in Grand Rapids is about more than food. It’s about equity too.

New grocery in Grand Rapids is about more than food. It’s about equity too.

October 15, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Founder Alita Kelly wants to create ‘an experience that goes beyond just buying groceries’ for a part of the city that has few healthy food outlets.

Q&A: Michigan’s $28B life sciences industry was under the radar. Until COVID

Q&A: Michigan’s $28B life sciences industry was under the radar. Until COVID

October 14, 2020 | Paula Gardner

From drug development to medical devices, the state’s bioscience businesses found themselves in the bull’s-eye when coronavirus overtook the United States, said Stephen Rapundalo of MichBio.

Michigan benefited from COVID stimulus and jobless aid. Now what?

Michigan benefited from COVID stimulus and jobless aid. Now what?

October 9, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Economic relief programs that helped the state’s businesses and jobless now are on hold as the United States pauses new stimulus talks and the state confronts upheaval that impacts state unemployment benefits.

‘Businesses need clarity,’ MI chamber leaders say of shifting COVID rules

‘Businesses need clarity,’ MI chamber leaders say of shifting COVID rules

October 5, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Dozens of executive orders have regulated businesses over the last six months. After a chaotic few days of court rulings and political chess games in Lansing, it’s unclear which of them still apply.

Michigan unemployment benefits expanded to 59 weeks for some workers

Michigan unemployment benefits expanded to 59 weeks for some workers

October 1, 2020 | Paula Gardner

The state qualifies for a 20-week benefits extension, but not all workers will receive it. Some also are still waiting for $300-a-week bonus payments due to another fraud investigation.

Small business confidence inches up in Michigan. Will sales follow?

Small business confidence inches up in Michigan. Will sales follow?

September 30, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Twenty percent of small businesses “are projecting pretty catastrophic impacts” said Brian Calley, president of the Small Business Association of Michigan.

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