Michigan business owners feel stress from latest wave of COVID

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LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – Michigan is unlikely to see the government forcing businesses to shut down due to the coronavirus, but businesses may have to do so anyway.

Staff shortages and quarantines are becoming increasingly difficult as cases of COVID increase.

December 22, 2021: Michigan COVID cases up to 1,448,523 and 26,376 deaths

“We have been educating people for the past two years on what it takes to be safe,” said Linda Vail, Ingham County health manager.

While there are no ongoing health ordinances or business closures, Vail said they should be governing themselves.

East Lansing’s Spartan Hall of Fame Café said on Wednesday it would be closed for the “foreseeable future.” They said the closure was “out of caution.”

The owner of Wing Heaven Sports Haven in Lansing hopes she doesn’t have to do the same.

“Do you want income or do you want to be safe? Well you want both, ”Teresa Stokes said. “We can only broadcast it and it’s up to them to follow. So we have staff who are more aggressive with law enforcement than others. “

Stokes said one of the biggest concerns from a business standpoint is that they don’t have an abundance of employees. If a person were to be quarantined due to potential exposure to COVID, they would be understaffed.

“These things are so unpredictable. They have no control over the movements of family members, roommates or friends, ”Stokes said. “So for us it was very stressful because we already have a small staff. “

Vail said the only answer to help mitigate risk to businesses and restaurants is to follow forward guidelines – wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds and getting the shot.

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