VanderWall honors brewing company, condemns Whitmer’s senseless lockdown policy

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, delivered the following statement from the Senate floor Wednesday regarding the closing of Big Cat Brewing Company in Cedar:

“Big Cat Brewing is the subject of an unfortunate and avoidable story in our battle against COVID-19. The family-owned business provided food, beer, memories, laughs and jobs for Leelanau County residents.

“Unfortunately, they were also the victims of our governor’s senseless one-size-fits-all lockdown policy.

“Leelanau County has nine cases of the coronavirus — and no deaths. The governor’s inflexible policy treats all areas of the state the same way it treats Southeast Michigan, which has been the hardest hit by the virus.

“My heart goes out to Big Cat Brewing owners Aaron and Nikki Ackley, their employees, their customers, and all those suffering from this virus and this failed approach to addressing its impact.

“Sadly, we will be hearing about more such closings over the next several weeks. The governor needs to work with the Legislature to reopen Michigan safely and prevent more unneeded and senseless closures.

“In the meantime, I will continue to push for a safe reopening of northern Michigan.”

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