The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued new orders, which include smaller indoor crowd sizes and — outrageously — new requirements for restaurants to collect contact information from patrons.
The State News reported that “all dine-in food service establishments are now required to maintain accurate records of the names and phone numbers of patrons who purchase food for consumption on the premises, along with the date and time of entry. If patrons refuse to give out this information then servers need to deny entry/service…
“Violations are punishable by a civil fine up to $1,000 and may also be treated as a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six months or a fine of not more than $200, or both,” MDHHS said. “In addition, failure to comply with orders may violate a business or professional’s licensure requirements or present a workplace safety violation,” it said.
As you can imagine, many Michigan residents prepared to resist these totalitarian measures. Former state representative candidate RJ Regan posted on Facebook, “Every bar and restaurant I enter, my name is Gretchen Whitmer and my # is 517-373-0184 [the State Capitol building number].”