Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended her coronavirus-related lockdown orders from May 29 to June 12 as she claims her state is “not out of the woods yet.”
The Washington Examiner reports Whitmer is “one of the most scrutinized politicians in the United States” and her decision to keep sports and entertainment venues such as gyms, movie theaters, hair salons, and barbers closed has been widely criticized.
“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,” Whitmer told the Detroit Free Press.
The Detroit Free Press reports the extension of the ban came the same day she allowed some businesses to reopen for appointment-only service.
The report adds:
That change also allows for nonemergency dental and doctor services to resume next Friday and Whitmer said Thursday that she would continue to relax the order as warranted by the data. She had previously allowed some retail businesses, such as garden stores and bicycle repair shops to reopen, and at 12:01 a.m. Friday, bars, restaurants and other businesses and offices on the Upper Peninsula and in northern Michigan around Traverse City, could open to customers, provided they limited their customers, made sure people stayed 6 feet apart and required masks.
Manufacturing and construction have resumed as well, under strict regulations. But many parts of Whitmer’s rules — which have been challenged in court and led to protests at the state Capitol — continue to disrupt the lives of Michiganders.
Large gathers or any activity that features ten or more people is still strictly forbidden and people must continue to wear face masks if they are in public places.
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These lockdown orders have been unsuccessfully challenged by Republicans in the legislature.
“Not only is Gretchen Whitmer going around the state Legislature with her stay-at-home orders, but now she is sneaking around the people of Michigan by announcing an extension to her stay at home order after regular business hours on a holiday weekend. The only thing she is trying to keep safe is her political career,” Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox said after a Court of Claims judge dismissed the Republican lawsuit.