As COVID-19 Cases Rise, Will You Be Dinning In, Or Carrying Out?
With cases on the rise, Governor Gretchen Whitmer did announce she would not be shutting down restaurants again, according to MLive.
But, just because they aren't shutting down indoor dining at this time, doesn't mean the governor and the Chief Medical Executive aren't discouraging it.
“Infectious disease and public health experts across the country have been quite clear that indoor dining is one of the riskiest things you can do during this pandemic,” Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan's Chief Medical Executive said. “And with the numbers that we are seeing now, we simply do not recommend it.”
“We believe her suggested recommendation around indoor dining is misguided and doesn’t track with available data,” President and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association, Justin Winslow said.
With numbers escalating quickly here in the state of Michigan, contact tracing is becoming more difficult, especially in places like restraunts.
As it currently stands, Michigan leads the country with 72 new cases of the virus per every 100,000 people. The next most state with the highest case numbers would be New Jersey, with 45 cases per 100,000.
With things such as carry out, delivery, and companies such as DoorDash, the need to go inside a restaurant for myself has lessened, but it doesn't mean I haven't dined in at a few places recently. But with that being said, with cases on the rise in the state, my comfort level has definitely gone down.
But just because cases are on the rise, it doesn't mean the numbers are showing an increase in cases from dining in at a restaurant. The current highest leading numbers relating to COVID-19 are K-12 Schooling, followed by long-term care facilities and childcare/youth programs.
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