State Sen. Ken Horn Highlights Sacrifices, Safety Protocols Made By Businesses Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

State Senator Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, has released a video to show support for the state’s hospitality and tourism industry, highlighting safety protocols and investments businesses across the state have made to continue serving customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The hospitality industry is one of Michigan’s largest and most successful industries, but since the first shutdown order last spring, our businesses have struggled to stay afloat, and too many unfortunately had to close their doors,” Horn said. “Employers have proven they care about their customers’ and employees’ health and safety by spending untold amounts of money implementing new protocols and policies. We need to give them a chance to show us they can safely stay open.”

State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, walks the showroom floor of Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland

Horn said his role as chairman of the Senate’s Economic and Small Business Development Committee inspired him to showcase the resilience the industry has shown during COVID-19 and investigate for himself the measures taken to keep customers and employees safe.

“I know some people may be a bit hesitant to begin this transition and some may not feel quite comfortable to return to these kinds of activities, and that’s fine,” Horn said. “But I’ve witnessed firsthand just how much these establishments have done to ensure everyone’s safety. I would encourage everyone to give your local restaurants and businesses your support and a chance to show you just how much they value not only the people who work for them, but the people whose business keeps their doors open.”

State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, discusses the changes made during the pandemic with Bill Parlberg, president and COO of the world-famous Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth.
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, tours the Bavarian Inn Lodge with Vice President Martha Zehnder Kaczynski


The video was filmed late last fall, but now that the state has reached the end of the most recent shutdown, Horn wanted to join local leaders and business owners from his hometown of Frankenmuth in supporting local shops and encouraging state residents to support business owners in their own communities.