Michigan Stay at Home Order Extended until May 15th

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Gov Gretchen Whitmer has signed today at 11 am the extension of the Stay at Home order but relaxed some of the restrictions

  • Stay at Home order extended through May 15th
  • Some outdoor activities like Golf and Boating are now permitted within social distancing protocols
  • People are allowed to travel between 2 homes they own in the state
  • Residents are required to wear face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces, and requires employers to provide at least cloth face coverings to employees

Through Thursday, Michigan had reported more than 35,000 COVID-19 cases and almost 3,000 deaths

“Social distancing is our best weapon to defeat this enemy,” Whitmer said in a statement. The Governor became under fire by some Michigan residents and Republican Lawmakers for being too harsh and restrictive in her lockdown measures, and looks to gain some support by the state as she has been mentioned as a potential candidate for Vice President along with Joe Biden

Here is a link to a copy of Gov Whitmer’s latest stay-at-home order bit.ly/3eMIF9f

https://t.co/hOLKhwOOKr

The order also:

  • Allows certain businesses that had been closed, like plant nurseries and bicycle repair shops, to reopen, but under social distancing guidelines.
  • Permits some outdoor activities, including motorized boating and golf, to resume, though the use of golf carts still is prohibited.
  • Says businesses which had been restricted or closed because they were deemed to provide nonessential items to reopen, but only for curbside pickup or delivery. And it allows large retailers to reopen certain parts of their stores, like their garden centers or paint sections.
  • Allows employees of landscaping businesses, lawn care operations and pest control businesses to return to work, subject to social distancing rules and limits on sharing tools and maintaining distances between workers and customers.
  • Requires, rather than encourages, Michiganders shopping in close spaces to wear masks or other face coverings as long as it wouldn’t otherwise put them at any risk to do so. There would be no criminal penalty, however, for failing to wear a face covering under the order, though violations of other parts of its requirements could be a misdemeanor. Stores could refuse to serve someone not wearing a face covering, as well.

More information can be found at Detroit Free Press

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/04/24/michigan-stay-home-order-may-15-gretchen-whitmer/3018495001/