Whitmer extends Michigan's 'Safer at Home' order for two more weeks

Cheryl Sanders
May 26, 2020

On Friday, Whitmer extended the state's stay-at-home order once again until at least June 12, citing that the orders put in place thus far "have been effective".

"If we're going to lower the chance of a second wave and continue to protect our neighbors and loved ones from the spread of this virus, we must continue to do our part by staying safer at home", she said in a statement first reported by the Detroit Free Press.

Despite seven-day averages of confirmed cases declining in the last two weeks, Whitmer states the data isn't yet where it needs to be. She had previously allowed some retail businesses, such as garden stores and bicycle fix shops to reopen, and at 12:01 a.m. Friday, bars, restaurants and other businesses and offices on the Upper Peninsula and in northern MI around Traverse City, could open to customers, provided they limited their customers, made sure people stayed six feet apart and required masks.

Whitmer has also extended the State of Emergency for the entire state until June 19.

The order, called "Safer at Home", will extend temporary business closures and movement restrictions in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Executive order 2020-99 extends the emergency declaration and order 2020-100 extends the stay-home order and amends a number of previous orders restricting certain non-essential public activities.

Reopening businesses must also provide COVID-19 training to workers that covers workplace infection-control practices, the proper use of personal protective equipment, steps that workers can take to notify an employer of coronavirus symptoms or a diagnosis and how to report unsafe working conditions.

Retail stores and auto dealerships will be allowed to reopen next week by appointment only.

"All of us know the importance of getting people back to work and the economy moving again", Whitmer, who has faced a wave of scrutiny over her lockdown orders, said. However, that did not stop her from acting anyway, which the Legislature claims violates a 1976 law, which states that lawmakers get a role in emergency declarations after 28 days. Recognizing that "this unprecedented time has been stressful for many", the governor also suggested citizens "take some time to read a book, watch your favorite show, or try a meditation". Legislative leaders on Friday appealed the decision.

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