Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s state of emergency through Sept. 4, referencing an uptick in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in recent weeks.
The state of emergency was set to expire Tuesday (Aug. 11). The order authorizes the governor to put restrictions in place, such as ones requiring mask-wearing or holding restaurant capacity to 50%.
“We are in a crucial time in our fight against COVID-19, and we must do everything we can to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and the brave men and women on the front lines of this crisis from a second wave,” Whitmer said in a statement.
She added, “Today, I signed new emergency and disaster declarations using independent sources of statutory authority to continue saving lives. I will continue to use every tool at my disposal to protect Michiganders from the spread of this virus.”
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