Governor Grethen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s “Safer at Home” order until June 12.
The stay-at-home order also extends the temporary closure of theaters, gyms, salons, casinos and a few other places of public accommodation in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
“While the data shows that we are making progress, we are not out of the woods yet,” Gov. Whitmer said in a statement. “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 added, “If we open too soon, thousands more could die and our hospitals will get overwhelmed. While we ﬁnally have more protective equipment like masks, we can’t run the risk of running low again. We owe it to the real heroes on the front lines of this crisis – our first responders, health care workers, and critical workers putting their lives on the line every day – to do what we can ourselves to stop the spread of the virus.”
Whitmer also signed an executive order to extend the state of emergency declaration put in place because of COVID-19 through June 19, which was upheld by a judge this week.
“All of us know the importance of getting people back to work and the economy moving again,” Gov. Whitmer said. “We’ve already loosened some restrictions on 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 infections and death, puts health care workers at further risk, and wipes out all the progress we’ve made.”