The state is claiming that there are 12 outbreaks directly connected to bars and restaurants and it wants the customers’ names and numbers in order to track them — if necessary — for purposes of contact tracing.
We wish all the good luck to Michigan in getting customers to give their personal information to total strangers at a bar. Women, especially, must be thrilled with this mandate.“Our frontline servers have already had trouble dealing with masks and mandates and mandating masks,” [Scott Ellis, executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association] said. “We did de-escalation training and all kinds of other things to help with that and now we’re taking to the next level. We have to gather someone’s personal information?”
He added, “I think when you’re going to sit down at a restaurant you just don’t expect someone to take your name and number because you’re coming to have a drink or a burger.”
Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association, said in a statement the contact tracing mandate doesn’t match “existing science and data” that shows “minimal transmission” from dining at restaurants: only about 2% of cases the state is investigating, according to Winslow, FOX 17 reported.
Establishments could be fined $1,000 for not following the order, according to FOX 17.