Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the state’s residence on Friday through June 12, even though she faces repression from Republican state legislatures and some residents because of the social distance restrictions aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
“While the data shows that we are making progress, we are not out of the woods yet,” said Whitmer. “If we want to reduce the chances 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 bit by staying safer at home.”
“If we open too soon, thousands may die and our hospitals will become overwhelmed,” said the Democratic Governor, adding, “we finally have more protective equipment like masks,” but the state “can’t risk getting low. run again. “
Whitmer also extended the state of emergency in Michigan to June 19. Both orders are due to expire on May 29.
Keeping the order at home keeps certain businesses closed, including theaters, gyms, and casinos. Some bars and restaurants in the northern part of the state were allowed to open at half capacity on Friday.
The Republican-led state legislature unsuccessfully sued Whitmer earlier this month for her extension of the state of emergency in Michigan, arguing that she had no authority to extend the order without the approval of the state legislature. The Michigan Court of Claims ruled in Whitmer’s favor on Thursday.
Whitmer recognized the urgency to revive the economy and stressed that some restrictions on social distance have already been removed.
“We all know how important it is to get people back to work and get the economy moving again,” she said. “We’ve already eased some restrictions in construction, manufacturing, landscaping, retail and more. But the worst thing we can do is open up in a way that causes a second wave of infection and death, endangering health workers and wipe out all the progress we’ve made. “
Whitmer has received harsh criticism for its strict coronavirus lockout policy, which banned residents from visiting their second home and banned the sale of paint, furniture, and garden equipment. The strict policy led to several demonstrations in the State Capitol by residents protesting the restrictions.
Earlier this month, dozens of protesters, some of them armed, went to the Michigan Capitol and stood in the Senate Gallery, which is open to the public. Michigan State Police state police blocked protesters shouting for entry into the House room.