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Michigan Gov. Whitmer Requires Restaurants to Obtain Customers’ Names and Contact Info

Michigan Gov. Whitmer Requires Restaurants to Obtain Customers’ Names and Contact Info

Wonder how her excessive bullying of citizens will affect the vote on Tuesday – could cause backlash.

Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration told restaurants to collect a customer’s information due to surging cases of COVID-19.

Restaurant owners are not thrilled.

From The Detroit News:

For bars, restaurants and social events outside private homes, indoor party sizes at a single table will be restricted to six people. Bars and restaurants will also be required to take names and contact information from customers to support contact tracing if necessary, a press release said. Contact tracing is the act of tracking individuals who’ve been near individuals who later test positive for COVID-19.

The new order reads: “All dine-in food service establishments must maintain accurate records of the names and phone numbers of patrons who purchase food for consumption on the premises, and the date and time of entry.”

The orders require restaurants, along with schools and other businesses, to provide names and phone numbers of individuals with possible COVID-19 exposure to local health officials “to aid in contact tracing and case investigation efforts.”

Whitmer’s administration claims 12 outbreaks in the state are “associated with bars and restaurants.”

I wonder if the ACLU will go after Whitmer. It criticized Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandate to collect customers’ information because it violates a person’s right “to privacy and association.”

Where does it stop? Aren’t we on Day 5670 of the 15-day slowdown?

The food and drink industry suffered a lot during the lockdown across the nation. Owners saw more business as states lifted restrictions, but the new rules will likely cause more disruptions.

Jason Gless, Wise Men Distillery’s marketing manager, said the new rules make it “very difficult right now.” The distillery had to make some massive changes, which affect the bartenders:

After the new guidelines were announced, Wise Men Distillery made some changes to their tasting room practices. Extremely limited seating is available for in-person cocktail service, they switched to disposable cups, they ask no more than six people per group, no one under 21 years of age is admitted, and groups are not allowed to mingle with other groups. They will also be taking information for contact tracing once it goes into effect Monday.

Tom Borisch, one of the owners of Wise Men Distillery, said the biggest challenge with the most recent round of restrictions is the capacity limits.

“This is such a small tasting room, we’re down to 14 seats,” said Borisch, “It’s hard for our bartenders to make any money.”

Borisch described the situation as “a never-ending fight, like it’s never going to stop.” He believes his business will survive, but so many other places will not come back.

“Those are people’s livelihoods,” Borisch stressed.

Republican State Reps. Jason Sheppard (Temperance) and Joseph Bellino (Monroe), along with Republican State Sen. Dale Zorn (Ida), all from Monroe County, lashed out at Whitmer.

They are confused because a month ago, the Michigan Supreme Court found that Whitmer did not have the authority to shutdown the state over COVID-19.

The Court said “rules and regulations imposed by the state should be done so by the Legislature in conjunction with her office.”

Whitmer’s administration is not following the ruling:

According to Sheppard, that collaboration isn’t taking place. He said the court was clear in its instruction to include legislators in crafting future state responses to the ongoing pandemic.

“Instead of following the court’s ruling, (Whitmer) continues to exclude us and instead has invited one of her departments to the table,” he said.

Bellino says that while the order may be signed by Gordon, it’s evident it’s at the behest of Whitmer.

“We see these are (MDHHS) orders, but the governor appoints the (department’s) director,” Bellino said. ”(Whitmer) is the puppet master on these orders.”

Zorn argues there has been a continuous lack of effort on Whitmer’s part to work with the officials elected to represent the people of Michigan.

″(Whitmer) has continually refused to share the scientific data her administration is using to issue these orders,” Zorn said. “This is a broken process, and I believe it goes against the spirit and intent of the previous (Michigan) Supreme Court ruling that deemed her previous executive orders unconstitutional.”

The politicians are aligned with the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association.


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So we’re now doxing people for wanting to eat out???

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to TRF. | November 2, 2020 at 10:44 am

    I’m sure more than one restaurant will use the collected information to bombard the hapless patron wth junk texts, or will sell the information to some data-mining outfit.

    Barry Soetoro in reply to TRF. | November 2, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    What sane person would give out correct information?

    audax in reply to TRF. | November 3, 2020 at 7:41 am

    If you’re a Michigander use this name, address and phone number:

    Marc Mallory
    2529 Oxford Rd, Lansing MI

    PS. Marcs wife is named Gretchen (Whitmer).

This twat just doesn’t give up does she?

I think I would give my name as “G. Whitmer” or a variation with her office phone.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Liz. | November 2, 2020 at 10:49 am

    “My name? Sheldon Roastead, and these are my business assiociates Robert Sledd; we call him bob, and, Phil Durdt. Please, give us a table. for four. Achmed Noodyahzah will be here any minute.”

    /for those who don’t know, Mr. Noodyahzah is the owner of the Noodyahzah Fruit Cake Company. (say that out loud; you’ll figure it out…)

      I identify as Gretchen Whitmer, and the office can be reached at 517-335-7x5x.

      That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

      Either that, or go in as a group of 4, and only give one name, as he’s the only one “purchasing” food. We’re eating on his tab today.

Wisconsin, you know what to do. If you want to keep your constitutional rights and liberty, vote Trump.

I will respond tomorrow.

Crawl. Hands and knees. Broken glass.

The ACLU will do nothing. Some of its people had integrity once, but it’s now just another Communist front organization.

But the ACLU wasn’t always wrong about everything. Its officers and principal sponsors should get due process, just like the $PLC.

    I hand-carried my mail-in ballot Saturday, the first day the polls were open in my State, because I realistically cannot pull my weight in a riot. After that, I put on my flag mask. It seems the Democrats have rejected the US flag, and consider it a “Conservative” or “Trumpian” symbol.

    So be it.

The ACLU is not about civil liberties and the Sierra Club is Not about the environment..

These are political platforms hijacked by the Alinsky Left.

SeekingRationalThought | November 2, 2020 at 9:25 am

Whitmer is trying, and failing, to prevent the smiling face of totalitarianism. She is a Karen with power.

pablo panadero | November 2, 2020 at 9:31 am

“Prevent” or did you intend “Promote”? Spellcheck strikes again!

“That’s strange, Governor. We had 147 people come by for dinner, and every one of them signed “John Gault, Gault’s Gulch”

imronburgundy | November 2, 2020 at 9:38 am

Just put her name and address on the form…easy peasy.

2smartforlibs | November 2, 2020 at 9:40 am

This message brought to you by the MI KBG. “We have ways of making you cooperate.”

New Hampshire has just instituted something similar. The restaurant industry is asking for the name and phone number of at least one member of a party, with the information kept by the restaurant. The Republican governor went along with their request.


Gosh, you’d almost think there wuz a competition going on to win Hillary’s fur-lined cod-piece or somthin!

So that right to privacy thing was just Dem BS?

In Michigan it appears that Big Brother has been replaced by Big Sister, and we all have seen how overbearing they can be. She must stand in front of a mirror for hours each day practicing her Resting Bitch Face. I wonder if she wears jackboots?

“Patron: Hello. We’d like a table for four.

Hostess: Names, addresses, and phone numbers please.

Patron: Yes. I’m Johnny Whitmer, my wife June Whitmer, and our 2 children, Johnny Jr. and Jane. Central Hotel, Milwaukee, WI. We have no phones.

Hostess: Thank you. Follow me.”

In other words – how is that enforceable? COMPLETE JOKE OF A GOVERNOR. Oh. And lamp posts are still for fascists.

Can we get stories about Whitmer without her picture? I can’t scroll down fast enough to avoid catching a glimpse…

Bars and restaurants were hanging on by using outdoor seating but with winter weather settling in here in Michigan, they were teetering on closing and hoping the decisions would go the other way. With this new order, look for a lot of them to shut their doors possibly forever. This is devastating.

In addition to the denial of our freedoms, group sizes are limited to 6. We had to cancel my wife’s birthday reservations for 9. This is not isolated either. First, our daughter’s wedding and now our family traditions. And we still have to queue up to get into stores. Welcome to Cuba, comrade.

Better do what Chairman Whitmer says to do!

C, D, selenium as a preventive, additional Zinc plus an ionophore for special occasions, Hydroxychloroquine, zinc, Z-pak and maybe a corticosteroid inhaler to prevent hospitalization, antibody treatment for those who are hospitalized.

We can deal with this virus, and do it very well, if we start treatment early, on an outpatient basis. Unfortunately, we have Democrats in power who try to force us to wait for treatment until we are sick enough to require hospitalization. We don’t do that with the flu, we should not do it with this virus, either.

I know a young lady in California, in her twenties, who is symptomatic and who tested positive for COVID-19, and was told to go home and quarantine. She was not prescribed anything.

“Wonder how her excessive bullying of citizens will affect the vote on Tuesday – could cause backlash.”

Excessive bullying? I didn’t know there is a proper amount.

Whitmer is scary for sure, but Harris is even scarier than Whitmer and HARRIS IS ON THE BALLOT and if she wins it will be Halloween every day for four years.

Heil Whitmer

Meanwhile, in other news, the CDC will allow cruise ships to resume.

One catch: no passengers. Mock cruises to test Covid preparedness only.

Every time I see a picture of this woman it reminds me of the Bob Dylan song Idiot Wind

————- Lyrics————-
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your mouth

Blowing down the back roads headin’ south

Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth

You’re an idiot, babe

It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe

There are constitutional guarantees against government searches without warrants.
That the governor orders restaurants to demand information from patrons means the governor is requiring the restaurant owners to act as agents for the government in seeking this information.
This is then a government required search without benefit of a warrant and is unconstitutional.
As a matter of fact, most patrons of restaurants that I know pay by credit or debit card and names are listed on credit card receipts; other information is private.
And what is the restauranteur to do if the patron refuses to give the information? Throw the customers out before serving them?
Call the police? Detain the customer?
It is outrageous to demand any of these things.

Gretchen the Wicked Witch of the North

Has to be the dumbest aszhoel in politics. Most people think ugly women are smart because no one ever takes them out so they stay home and study, read books, etc. This one appearently decided to stay home and play with her dolls the whole time.

Restaurants and bars should ignore the bullschiff order. Open their places up, make wHitler come after them.
Then sue her personally, she’s violating the Mich SC order. No other explanation but harassment.
I’ve almost stopped eating out because they’ve surrendered to the bwitch. Rare for one of them to say screw you wHitler.
If I do eat out and have to sign in it’ll be – name: Sookett Gretchen, Phone 517-867-5309.