By: State Rep. Pauline Wendzel
As we near the scheduled end of the latest “temporary pause,” our state is now distributing a safe and effective vaccine, and our COVID numbers have drastically fallen. As we take steps toward returning to normalcy, Governor Whitmer needs to immediately lift restrictions on our struggling restaurants and allow them to resume in-person dining.
In Berrien County, our community showed its resilience by rallying to support our local restaurants. So many people took part in the Berrien County takeout challenge, and that may have been just enough to stave off some closings. Some of our restaurant owners that are struggling to survive have invested their life savings into their businesses. They care deeply about their employees, our community and doing their part to stop the spread of this virus. They deserve a fighting chance.
It’s been nearly 60 days since Governor Whitmer unilaterally shut down our restaurants. When our restaurants do finally re-open, I’m encouraging everyone to be patient with the staff members, and if you are able to do so, tip generously.
We’re so close to the end of this pandemic, and I’m confident that Michigan can follow the lead of nearly every other state and resume safe in-person dining. I’m asking Southwest Michigan to join me in providing a lifeline to our small businesses as they make the final push to survive this pandemic. The light is at the end of the tunnel. We’re so close, and I’m confident that we’ll get through the rest of this together.
State Rep. Pauline Wendzel announced that the Michigan Strategic Fund board approved a request from Harbor Shores Community Redevelopment LLC in collaboration with Whirlpool Corporation for a $750,000 Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant to support the Harbor Shores Community Redevelopment project. Additionally, the MSF board approved a Berrien County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority request for […]
State Rep. Pauline Wendzel’s plan to provide financial relief to people whose businesses were shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic took a significant step forward today with approval from the Michigan House. Under Rep. Wendzel’s plan, a wide variety of occupations may seek prorated fee reimbursements if a business was closed because of a state […]
The Michigan House of Representatives passed State Rep. Pauline Wendzel’s amendment to end enhanced federal unemployment benefits in the state of Michigan. “The news out of the governor’s office today that all remaining COVID restrictions will be lifted is sincerely welcomed,” Rep. Wendzel said. “After more than a year of shared sacrifice, normalcy is finally […]
This weekend, the Southwest Michigan Steelheaders will be hosting their annual Trolling with the Troops event in St. Joseph. Trolling with the Troops pairs area veterans up with local residents who volunteer their time and boats for a full and fun day of fishing on Lake Michigan. This relaxing setting out on the lake is a perfect place for […]