HOLLAND SALON

Sarah Huff, owner of Ardor+Grit Salon in Holland, opened her business May 15 and again May 22, despite the governor’s orders, and has remained open after Memorial Day.

HOLLAND — The Holland salon owner who has opened her business, violating state orders requiring closure of nonessential businesses, is being charged with a misdemeanor.

Sarah Huff first opened Ardor+Grit Salon on May 15 and then again on May 22, and remained open this week following the Memorial Day weekend.

Huff has been charged with a misdemeanor for violation of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-69, one of the iterations of the Stay Home, Stay Safe orders closing places of public accommodation.

The Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office authorized the charge Wednesday.

Lee Fisher, chief assistant prosecutor at the Prosecutor’s Office, said he and Holland police have tried asking Huff to comply with the order and have explained the consequences that might follow if she chose to open her business.

“This is what we have to do – we have to take some action,” Fisher said. “As much as we’d like her to voluntarily comply, we’re at the point where we have to do something.”

The Prosecutor’s Office sent Huff a letter the day she first opened, requesting that she comply with the governor’s order. Huff has incorrectly called this a cease-and-desist order.

“We really don’t want to make people’s lives worse,” Fisher said. “We were trying to get voluntary compliance from many other businesses in the county, and everyone has complied except for her. Right outside my office window, across the street, is a salon that is complying with the governor’s order. It’s not fair to this salon that’s been closed for her to be able to open and for us to not take any action.”

Karl Manke, a barber in Owosso who opened his barbershop earlier in May, is facing two charges and his business license was suspended by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). On Thursday, the Michigan Court of Appeals directed a lower court to order Manke to shut down his barbershop, reversing the lower court’s earlier decision.

A spokesperson for LARA confirmed the state agency is looking into Huff and her salon, but could not comment further on the investigation.

Since opening May 15, Huff’s story has been featured on “Fox & Friends” and she has publicly attended rallies calling for a reopening of the state, including the “Operation Haircut” demonstration on the state Capitol lawn last week, during which she said she was ticketed for cutting hair.

The current charge against Huff is tied specifically to the May 15 opening. More charges could be considered down the road, Fisher said.

Penalties for being convicted of violating the governor’s stay-home order include a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.

(10) comments

Boogie Gal

We  consented to sheltering-in-place because we were told 2 million Americans would die if we did not. Now that health experts and researchers have ripped the mask off the fake news media-created corona virus crisis, Americans are demanding their constitutional freedoms back. They want to return to their normal lives. Their desire is neither stupid, irresponsible, nor crazy.  It's time the people stood up for their constitutional rights and defy those who are doing their best to take them away, Governor Whitmire being one.  Ironic, isn't it, that closed states are all governed by Democrats?

edwards1

Dems don't like to talk about that.

Rottweiler

Good for you Ms. Huff. Keep fighting the good fight. Grocery stores and hardware stores have been open for months with no mass infection. Until we find a vaccine or reach group immunity this quarantine has done nothing but ruin the economy.

Lanivan

Sorry, Ms. Huff - If you choose to defy the executive order to keep your line of work closed because of the extremely high risk of exposure and infection to both you, your employees, and your clients, then expect to pay the fine.

This is not a political crisis, it's a health crisis. Covid-19 cases in your area are increasing every day.....this is a health pandemic that must be dealt with in a controlled manner, not governmental overreach.

As a business owner myself who complied with all Executive Orders, I don't have much sympathy for you. Consider this situation part of the cost of doing business.

edwards1

Thanks for the lecture. You would be a great kindergarten teacher or perhaps a loyal staff member for the Governor.

Vladtheimp

I suppose you are in the same position as Ms. Huff; that your business or businesses were totally shut down by Wretched Wretchen like Ms. Huff's business was, and that you thus received no revenue from them as a result of the unconstitutional Executive Orders.

Regardless, this IS a political crisis - a Leftist, totalitarian governor shut down the entire economy of the State in her desire to portray the situation in Detroit and its surrounds as reflective of the risks statewide. She required nursing homes to accept residents regardless of their testing positive for the Chinese Virus, and extended that heartless policy even knowing the unnecessary deaths it caused among our second most vulnerable population (the first being unborn children); she closed churches while permitting Home Depot, Meiers, Walmart and marijuana stores to remain open, among many other political as opposed to health driven orders.

Being financially ruined by the actions of a power hungry Democrat is not part of the cost of doing business - it's a part of the cost of doing business in a Democrat state.

In light of recent events, Ms. Huff's small act of protest and civil disobedience pales in comparison to the shootings, looting, arson, and ignoring social distancing in certain communities across the country.

Boogie Gal

Kudos....spot on!

Lanivan

Did you know that....."Michigan’s reopening plan was created in consultation with public health experts at the University of Michigan and a 29-member economic recovery council comprised of hospital leaders, business executives and university presidents."?

Vladtheimp

Did public health experts at the University of Michigan and a 29-member economic recovery council comprised of hospital leaders, business executives and university presidents tell Wretchen to force Nursing Homes to accept residents who tested positive for the Chinese virus?

Did public health experts at the University of Michigan and a 29-member economic recovery council comprised of hospital leaders, business executives and university presidents tell Wretchen to close churches, stop scheduled surgeries and procedures, order stores not to sell landscape materials and seeds, and permit non-motorized vessels but not motorized ones on lakes, and prohibit people from visiting their homes up North?

Did you know that Wretchen's Department of Health and Human Services Director doesn't know how many nursing home residents she killed, and has no background in public health or labor? He was deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration and was previously at the Department of Education and the College Board. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

You might recall the first rule of holes - stop digging!

Boogie Gal

So, what exactly is your point?

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