Michigan Bowling Alleys Sue Governor Whitmer Hoping to Reopen [VIDEO]
Bowling alley owners across Michigan have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to order the state to allow their facilities to reopen.
Many non-essential businesses throughout the state were shuttered in March as the coronavirus pandemic began. But with restaurants reopening for in-person dining and casinos opening at limited capacity, the Bowling Centers Association of Michigan is crying foul.
Michael Shearer, the president of BCAM, says the shutdown has been tough on his industry.
"We're coming up on five months of no revenue," Shearer tells CW50. "As a business that's obviously really difficult. We've taken advantage of as many of the government programs as we can but now we're beyond the PPP deadline."
Shearer goes on to say that he feels casinos are no safer than bowling alleys when it comes to keeping people safe from COVID-19.
Currently, Michigan is one of five states where bowling is prohibited, although alleys have reopened in regions 6 and 8 as those regions of Michigan have advanced to phase 5 of the governor's reopening plan. New York, North Carolina, California and Washington are also keeping alleys closed.
The lawsuit, which names Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel as defendants, can be seen here.
What are your thoughts? Should bowling centers throughout Michigan be allowed to reopen with limited capacity as long as sanitizing and social distancing guidelines are followed?