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Wineries in Berrien County grapple with economic setbacks of COVID-19

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BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. – Moersch Hospitality Group in Berrien County says that their businesses have been significantly impacted by the extended stay-at-home orders because they rely on major in-person events to bring in revenue.

CEO Matt Moersch of Moersch Hospitality Group spoke about the trouble his businesses are faced with, commenting that he is losing out on thousands of dollars of revenue due to the stay-at-home orders.

"Our biggest event, our Sangria Release Party, would have been Cinco de Mayo that May 2nd weekend,” Moersch said. “We would have seen thousands of people normally, our season would have already started, we would have been preparing for our memorial day events coming up.”

Moersch went on to say that his industry in particular has dealt with a lot of adversity.

“We’re not the only ones too. Other wineries do events, and breweries and distilleries,” Moersh continued. “So it’s going to be pretty detrimental if the state can’t open up relatively soon.”

Moersch says that he has been able to stay afloat due to the outpouring of support he has received from the community, and he is excited to reopen his businesses.

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