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By now, you have probably heard about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s visit to an East Lansing restaurant and bar over the weekend with some of her friends. Social distancing and mask guidelines that her office had put in place were completely ignored by Whitmer’s party.
None of them will face any sort of consequences for breaking those protocols. Why? Because Whitmer “made a mistake” by breaking the restrictions, of course. Granted, she then made changes to those restrictions almost immediately after getting caught, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Neither should this next bit of news.
The Landshark, the bar and grill that Whitmer visited, will not be facing any fines, citations or consequences for allowing the party to go completely unchecked. Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail did say Tuesday that the restaurant got a stern talking to, however.
“We did have a conversation with The Landshark (Bar & Grill), as environmental health always will,” Vail said, via the Detroit Free Press. “Enforcement, including enforcement of COVID-related orders, is always a step-wise kind of function. So we don’t jump to issuing violations and fining people and that sort of thing.
“We go in, we have conversations, we correct, we get the owner to recognize what’s going on and say, ‘Yep, I understand that — not going to do it anymore.’ That has happened. That conversation has occurred, and that is typically what we do.
“This would not be considered a critical violation.”
Fair statement, I suppose. But to be fair, there’s no way the restaurant would face any sort of consequences while Whitmer and her crew went completely unpunished. So regardless of how other restaurants have been handled for similar violations, The Landshark was always going to be safe.
The list of instances when Whitmer has broken her own restrictions continues to grow. She took a plane down to Florida without disclosing it, and two of her aids vacationed in South Carolina while Michigan residents were advised not to travel. In May 2020, her husband tried to use his close connection to the governor to launch his boat at a lake near their vacation home, after his wife had strongly discouraged Michiganders from visiting their own cabin getaways. Now this.
Must be nice to be above the rules and guidelines you’re telling others to adhere to — especially in the name of safety, right?
Funny enough, Whitmer was actually shocked last month when Michigan had “some of the strongest protocols in the country” and yet was still struggling to combat the COVID-19 virus. That could’ve been for one of two reasons: 1) the masks, restrictions and all that don’t work or 2) maybe some residents were following her leadership and ignoring restrictions when it suited them.
Either way, not a great a look for Whitmer.
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