Coloma Campground Proprietor Testifies About Shutdown In MI Senate


The Michigan Legislature’s Joint Choose Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic took testimony from small companies from all through the state this week on how they’ve been affected by the coronavirus shutdown. Amongst others, lawmakers heard from Riverside’s Mark Lemoine, the proprietor of the Coloma-St. Joseph KOA campground. He mentioned the best way during which the governor’s shutdown order was dealt with created a substantial amount of confusion in his business.

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“The most important restriction skilled by our business isn’t even within the orders itself, however within the FAQ paperwork, which have prohibited ‘leisure tenting’ for ‘non COVID-19-related functions,’” Lemoine mentioned. “This creates a burden that seems to require non-public RV park and campground companies to discriminate amongst their company and imposes an expectation that we decide the validity of a visitor’s function for leaving their residence and coming to us.”

Lemoine additionally mentioned his business has suffered huge monetary losses. He served on the governor’s hospitality work group, and mentioned campgrounds like his weren’t properly represented. Lemoine was invited to testify by state Senator Kim LaSata, who thanked him for standing up for his business.

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