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State Health Department Invites Snitching On Local Business Non-Compliance With Epidemic Rules

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services is asking residents to report the names of businesses that violate the more restrictive epidemic response policies ordered Oct. 29.

In a press release, the MDHHS wrote, “Residents seeking to report violations should consult the COVID complaints page to find the appropriate department. For general failures to wear a mask or physical distance, residents may call their local law enforcement’s non-emergency line.”

Violations are subject to $1,000 fine.

Among the potential targets are dine-in restaurants that have been ordered by the MDHHS to collect the names and cell phone numbers of every patron for virus contact-tracing purposes. In September, before the latest mandate, the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association surveyed its restaurant members, finding about 4,000 owners who don't think they will still be in business in six months.


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