Four major business organizations are calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to let gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters and bowling alleys reopen after she closed them down five months ago to mitigate spread of the coronavirus.
The presidents of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Association of Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber and Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce sent the governor a letter Thursday noting Michigan is “one of a handful of states that has not allowed these sectors to open in any capacity.”
“We believe that if industries like restaurants, public swimming pools, casinos and others can find a way to safely open in some capacity, we can also find a way to safely open gyms, theaters, bowling alleys and other industries,” the business leaders wrote.
The business leaders cited a recent announcement of more than 1,000 layoffs of part-time employees at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids as