Stamas: State needs metrics on how to reopen and stay open

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas on Wednesday called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to release metrics on how Michigan’s economy can safely reopen and stay open.

“Michigan small family businesses and their workers need to know — and deserve to know — the data and thresholds being used by the governor regarding when they can reopen and stay open,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Instead of continuing her punitive shutdowns and unnecessary restrictions that are jeopardizing lives and livelihoods, the governor should be open with the Michigan people about information she’s using and work with us on putting in place a clear set of guidelines, so everyone knows what to expect.”

Earlier this month, the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association outlined a roadmap to eventually restore normal operations within the hospitality industry — tying future decisions directly to the rate of positive coronavirus tests.

Under the plan, if the seven-day average positivity rate remained above 15% for 14 consecutive days, indoor dining would be closed. If it remained between 10% and 15% for seven consecutive days, indoor dining would be allowed with 25% capacity and a 10 p.m. curfew. If the seven-day average rate stayed between 7% and 10%, the capacity limit would move to 50%, and the curfew would end if the rate remained between 3% and 7%. If the rate was less than 3% for 14 consecutive days, there would be no restrictions.

According to the MI Safe Start Map, as of the last recorded update on Feb. 21, Michigan’s seven-day average positivity rate is currently 3.6%.

“I want to thank Sen. Jon Bumstead for taking the lead on legislation to enact an open and data-driven approach to restarting our economy,” Stamas said. “I hope the governor will adopt this idea and work with us on defeating the virus and also safely getting people back to work.”