Holland, Mich (AP) – A western supporter Michigan The restaurant owner rallied outside his boarded-up business on Monday while he was awaiting release from prison for disobeying orders related to coronovirus.
Four Republican lawmakers spoke for Marlena Pavlos-Hackney, while a line of aides stood on the other side of a busy Holland Road outside Marlena’s bistro and pizzeria.
Instead of the state helping entrepreneurs, “an unqualified person can tell you that you have to shut down,” State Rep. Said Steven Johnson of Weinland. “If you don’t, they will put you in jail.”
State regulators revoked Pavlos-Hackney’s food license in January for other violations related to serving indoor diners and preventing the spread of COVID-19. However, the restaurant remained open. A judge eventually ordered her arrest, which was executed during a traffic stop on Friday’s pre-dawn.
Pavlos-Hackney, 55, will not be released until she faces a fine of $ 7,500 and assures authorities that the business will remain closed without a food license. Supporters went door to door on Friday night and returned for the rally on Saturday.
A handmade sign on the restaurant said, “Free Marlena Free Michigan!”
Critics are particularly upset with Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat whose office represents state regulators in the case.
Pavlos-Hackney had countless opportunities to follow security regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Nessel said.
“He is no martyr and no hero,” Nessel said.
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