Coronavirus pandemic extends Michigan stay-at-home order until end of April

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the state’s stay-at-home order until the end of April but is facing increased resistance to show more flexibility to businesses to open if they can do so safely. (Photo courtesy of the governor's office)

Related: What Michigan's new coronavirus stay-at-home executive order means

Michigan residents must stay at home and away from non-essential workplaces through April 30, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday, extending an initial order that went into effect on March 24. 

The new order extends many of the requirements of the previous one, including a ban on gatherings or non-essential in-person work. But it includes stricter restrictions on stores that are allowed to remain open and specifically bars non-essential travel. 

“Now is not the time to pull back at all. It is the time to intensify. That’s exactly what we’re doing,” Whitmer said during a news conference Thursday.

Large stores will be required to limit the number of people allowed in at once to four customers per 1,000 square feet and small stores must limit customers to 25 percent of total occupancy. Stores must put up markings to show customers where to stand to remain six feet apart while waiting in line, and big stores have to close sections for gardening, painting, furniture, carpeting and flooring.

Stores will also be required to reserve at least two hours weekly for vulnerable populations to shop, including people over the age of 60, pregnant women and people with comorbidities like heart disease and diabetes.

Auto dealers, previously closed under the first order, will be allowed to open only for remote sales, though showrooms will be required to remain closed.

Whitmer’s first stay-at-home order was set to expire April 14, but cases have continued to climb since it went into effect. As of Thursday, Michigan had 21,504 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,076 deaths. Officials say it’s necessary to continue to slow the number of serious cases being sent to the state’s swamped hospital systems. 

“All model projections are clear that without sustained social distancing measures, more people will die and hospitals will become overwhelmed,” chief medical executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said. The stay at home order “is the most important thing we can do to slow the spread of this disease” because it allows time for officials to build up field hospitals and collect necessary supplies like PPE and ventilators. 

 
Like the first stay-at-home order, the new order requires businesses in “non-essential” industries to close and for their workers to stay home. It includes an exception for businesses and employees in industries nationally deemed to be critical to sustaining life, including health care, grocers, public works and energy companies among others.
 
People will still be allowed to go outside to exercise or walk their pet, to go to essential places like the grocery store or gas station, as long as they stay 6 feet away from one another, but will be specifically banned from traveling for vacation or other non-essential reasons.

The head of the Michigan State Medical Society, Dr. Mohammed Arsiwala, said Whitmer’s extension was “the wise thing to do at this time.”

But top leaders in Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature blasted Whitmer’s extension, arguing the state should begin relaxing restrictions on regions with fewer cases or businesses that could operate safely with social distancing policies.

Family-owned businesses have been run to the ground and hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs because of it,” House Speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican from Levering, wrote on Twitter. “Unemployment is skyrocketing and our government has not been there to answer the call.” 

“We deserve better! This is unacceptable.

Chatfield is urging Whitmer to tailor restrictions based on “safe” jobs not just “essential” ones. 

Similarly, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, urged “common sense revisions” and said without them, Whitmer’s new order will “unnecessarily hurt” regions and business sectors.

“Individuals living in regions of the state that are experiencing little to no growth in infection rates should be able to return to their jobs to support their families if proper safety protocols are put in place,” he said in a statement.  

“Similarly, businesses that can implement strict health and safety measures should be permitted to remain open and operational regardless of whether they are deemed ‘essential.’”

Whitmer, however, said Thursday her extended stay-at-home order is the best way to continue to slow the spread of the deadly virus. 

It’s understandable people want more exemptions to the order, she said, but “I’m in the business of saving lives, and that’s precisely what this order is going to do.”

While Republicans have argued companies like golf courses and landscapers could operate safely, Whitmer said they are “not necessary to sustain life” and suggested re-opening them would put more people back on the roads, stopping to fill up for gas and interacting in other ways that increase exposure risk.

The new stay-at-home order will not likely be the last action the state takes to protect public safety, she said. 

“While we hope to re-engage parts of our economy, we must always do so driven by what the best science and best practices for health indicate,” she said.

Business groups largely supported the extension. Detroit Regional Chamber president and CEO Sandy Baruah said the order is "clearly in line with all public health guidance and the President’s social distancing guidelines through the end of April." Brian Calley, president of the Small Business Association of Michigan said small business owners were expecting the extension and while some were “quite disappointed with that, they weren’t surprised.”

Retailers are sorting out the changes in the order, said Meegan Holland, spokesperson for the Michigan Retailers Association. Some questions were raised right after Whitmer’s address about the new regulations that stores will have to establish. “The burden is on the retailer to make that happen,” she said. 

While not challenging the goal of keeping people at home, many of the state’s store owners are looking for certain measures that will allow them to “compete with Amazon and other marketplaces that are eating their lunch right now,” Holland said. One example, she offered, could be to allow a non-essential store, like a bookseller, to take online orders and ship them. 

“We think that can be done safely right now,” Holland said. “It’s happening with restaurants doing take-out. We believe retailers can do the same thing and still keep their communities very safe.”

Whitmer’s initial stay-home order took effect March 24 and was set to expire April 14. It was initially met by confusion, prompting widespread questions over which type of businesses were considered critical — and could therefore stay open — and who would enforce it. 
 
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel asked local law police to handle frontline enforcement and eventually provided requested guidance. Her office has issued multiple cease-and-desist letters to non-compliant businesses and promised to prosecute local cases if necessary. 
 
Officials in Detroit and Wayne County, where COVID-19 has hit hardest, have recently ramped up enforcement efforts. City police last weekend checked 792 locations for potential violations, issued 74 citations, talked with two non-compliant businesses and broke up nine parties.
 
Michigan residents have done a better job staying home than fellow Americans in most other states, according to cellphone data mapped by The New York Times. 
 
The Michigan Legislature on Tuesday voted to extend Whitmer’s emergency authority through April 30, but Republicans denied the 70-day extension she requested and have begun urging the governor to allow more flexibility for businesses that they contend can operate safely with social distancing policies. 
 
Shirkey has formed a bipartisan workgroup that will provide the governor with recommendations on how and when to re-open businesses.
 
Whitmer has formed her own economic advisory team, headed by DTE Energy Chairman Gerry Anderson, to consider similar issues.
 
Bridge reporter Paula Gardner contributed to this report. 

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Quotable Quote
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 4:13pm

"While Republicans have argued companies like golf courses and landscapers could operate safely, Whitmer said they are “not necessary to sustain life” and suggested re-opening them would put more people back on the roads, stopping to fill up for gas and interacting in other ways that increase exposure risk."

To summarize, Whitmer thinks that all paying rent and putting food on their table by working in golf courses and as landscapers is "not necessary." Her rent is paid, her table is well stocked, she's buying lots of new tshirts that promote herself- but she thinks it's okay for other people to lose their jobs.

And her reasoning? They might stop to fill up for gas... even though they (like most people) will pay at the pump and not come into contact with anyone else. Or they might "interact in other ways"- ways so vague and non-specific that one can only imagine the horror that these interactions might cause, because they were so non-specific and vague that there literally is no real way specified that these interactions would be bad.

Two years from now I hope people remember at Whitmer DID NOT CARE about landscapers and construction workers and golf course workers and small business owners and those who work in family businesses and all the other thousands and thousands of people in Michigan who are losing their jobs right now. She said that those people and their lives and their livelihoods and their interests and their incomes and lives were all "non-essential."

suppresst
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 9:27am

Hear, Hear!

One of those women!
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 3:39pm

Please, get a grip and move away from partisan fighting. Gov. Whitmer cares more than any of the Republicans who are putting some short term money in front of the safety and lives of all Michiganders. What value will those few income dollars have when the breadwinner of a family contracts the virus and potentially dies? And then spreads it to others in their family and others in the community, etc. etc. Partisan nonsense is critically damaging right now. Let's stand together and support our Gov. in her efforts to protect us all. Thanks.

Heil Whitmer
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 5:49pm

Sure she cares, in a way that only a socialist tyrant can!

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
-C.S. Lewis

This quote is very applicable to our situation today.

Respectful
Sat, 04/11/2020 - 10:57am

This quote is just over-the-top, full-of-yourself silly. There is no "tyrant" or "robber baron" involved in these issues. Like it or not, Gretchen Whitmer is the Governor of the State of Michigan. She has been democratically elected by a majority to lead and she is doing that incredibly well! You do know the definition of a democracy, right? It's become very tenuous as to whether Republicans support or even understand this concept these days.

Walter Mitty
Sat, 04/11/2020 - 1:42pm

Hey Respectful

I respectfully submit you're asleep at the wheel. It's our job, our responsibility as citizens to push back when politicians exert power, especially in a time of crisis; that's when our vulnerability as a republic is at it's apex. As a rule, once government gains an inch, does it relinquish? Read the plethora of historical accounts, internationally or within this very country. It's your job to remain vigilant, question their authority, and to challenge it when it's draconian. Anything else in a malfeasance to duty: a dishonor to individuals that throughout our history have died in an effort to preserve. It's intellectually and culturally easy to not exercise freedom and liberty, and that's never been more true than today. It's a shame.

P.S. C.S. Lewis is smarter and more relevant today than the past and next one hundred reply's to this article combined.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

Ronald Reagan

Silly
Sat, 04/11/2020 - 2:25pm

I know the definition of democracy...where the majority rules, leaving the minority unprotected. That's why we have a constitution where minority rights are established and upheld, regardless. Do you know what that's called Clarence Darrow? That's a republic. Thank you for that lesson though.

michelle
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 11:47am

why should you have the right to kill some ones parent? why should YOU be more importain then the rest of us who dont want to get this virus? stay home you arse.

Anonymous
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 10:02pm

Stay at home and "flattening the curve" is only meant to buy a little time. It is not a cure or a way to somehow "dodge" contracting the virus. It spreads the same number of infections out over a longer period of time. So, the question is, have they been using their time wisely?

Derpity Derpity
Sat, 04/11/2020 - 3:17am

FFS stop it. She's the most partisan of all. And the added restrictions will do nothing but hurt more businesses and make life more unbearable. Get a clue. Seriously.

Rick Raisen
Mon, 04/13/2020 - 9:47pm

Democrats can't be partisan because they work for the People. Republicans only work for Big Corporations, or some of them believe in the bible and stuff. They're deporable. Fly over their area and you'll see no one lives there for real. The only real people that matter live in the cities on the coasts. If you disagree with me, you're racist.

Water Smitty
Tue, 04/14/2020 - 6:24pm

I can't tell if this Rick person honestly thinks this stuff or if he's just joking. Isn't that sad?

middle of the mit
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 11:08pm

[[[And her reasoning? They might stop to fill up for gas... even though they (like most people) will pay at the pump and not come into contact with anyone else. Or they might "interact in other ways"- ways so vague and non-specific that one can only imagine the horror that these interactions might cause, because they were so non-specific and vague that there literally is no real way specified that these interactions would be bad.]]]

You do realize the your "vague touch of the key pad" could leave the virus for an unsuspecting individual or.....even yourself to pick up said virus from someone else? And then what? You or those other people transmit it to someone else. How do you think these things travel? It's not just touching people or getting coughed on.

Critical thinking.

It's not just about you.

The Governor is not saying you are unessential. She is trying to make sure that cases are contained. So that hospitals that are already overwhelmed aren't beyond helping you if you get it. She is trying to save as many lives as can be saved.

We could go the way the GOP did with Flint and ignore it, until it's too late.

Jimbo
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 5:04pm

Why is the Holy Cow Creamery in Wyandotte still open and selling ice Cream. They are re using the sames cash from one customer tpo the next. They are spreading the virus. The chief of police and the Mayor of Wyandotte will do nothing to close them.
Someone explain to me how an ice cream shop is essential and my dentist and chiropractor is not.

John D Doe
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 2:25pm

An ice cream shop is a restaurant and can be open, but only curb side. Your dentist and chiropractor are essential, but looks like both decided to shutdown or consider you at risk. I was at the dentist earlier this week.

Anonymous
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 5:06pm

Anyone have a link to the UM models she referred to? I've been following daily and we've been trending on the low side of the IMHE model she was quick to dismiss.

UM and Henry Ford hospitals both show a drop in Covid19 positive inpatients today. I can understand extending the SIP order to align with the federal recommendation but she appears to be lying about the spread of the virus.

Jimbo
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 5:07pm

Why is the Holy Cow Creamery in Wyandotte still open and selling ice Cream. They are re using the sames cash from one customer to the next. They are spreading the virus. The chief of police and the Mayor of Wyandotte will do nothing to close them. Someone explain to me how an ice cream shop is essential and my dentist and chiropractor is not.

Thomas L. Marr
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 6:03pm

How will this new executive order affect both K-12 Public Schools & Universities?

How will K-12 Public Schools provide the remote learning previously required to be in place by April 28th?

Rjb
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 6:15pm

How about the Michigan Government shut down now until the end of the month too. They are nonessential to maintaining life..... And are they all staying home?

Art Farrell
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 6:54pm

The sale of liquor is considered "essential", but garden centers have to be closed. Even the garden supplies inside of Meijers cannot be shopped.

Publius
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 8:16pm

The article neglected to mention a ban on visiting neighbors or second households with limited exceptions as dictated by the governor. I elected to do this early on to mitigate coming down with the virus while medical community developed a protocol to deal with Wuhan virus. This was a personal decision and my choice, not one the governor should be doing. If she wanted to do specific higher level quarantines, then Wayne and Oakland county should have been targeted and even then, that is wrong, assuming we still value freedom. Michiganders are sheep and most deserve the sheering they'll get.

Publius
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 8:17pm

The article neglected to mention a ban on visiting neighbors or second households with limited exceptions as dictated by the governor. I elected to do this early on to mitigate coming down with the virus while medical community developed a protocol to deal with Wuhan virus. This was a personal decision and my choice, not one the governor should be doing. If she wanted to do specific higher level quarantines, then Wayne and Oakland county should have been targeted and even then, that is wrong, assuming we still value freedom. Michiganders are sheep and most deserve the sheering they'll get.

Kevin Grand
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 10:15pm

Yep, when you move the parameters to gain the results you want...

From the CDC:

"New ICD code introduced for COVID-19 deaths

This email is to alert you that a newly-introduced ICD code has been implemented to accurately capture mortality data for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on death certificates."

...

"Will COVID-19 be the underlying cause?

The underlying cause depends upon what and where conditions are reported on the death certificate. However, the rules for coding and selection of the underlying cause of death are expected to result in COVID-19 being the underlying cause more often than not. "

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvss/coronavirus/Alert-2-New-ICD-code-intr...

Now, how do you think the governor will responded when the numbers are skewed much higher that they actually are?

Yes, that does help to promote the narrative and keep people frightened.

10x25mm
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 4:24am

XO 2020-42 continues to allow the Michigan Lottery without any changes in its retail practices. The Michigan Lottery is not essential, but it is a business which can create a lot of close contact at store counters.

Just the different Lottery ticket purchasing cultures in Michigan could explain most of the much heralded racial disparities in Wuhan virus infection rates. Acknowledging this would not advance the SJW narrative, would it?

Our Governor is performing public health theater and scourging the private sector, not making any serious attempt to stop the Wuhan virus. Her executive orders will be better received when she demonstrates that revenue sacrifices are not just for the private sector.

Edward C Moore
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 8:38am

This is ridiculous, everyone is essential. The discussion like Korea should be a protocol for the healthy to return to work. The Governor is focused on Detroit for political gain. Hospitals in other areas of the State are taking pay cuts and layoffs because they have no patients and cannot accept non Covid 19 treatments. They need to make money as well. I would rather die free than live long in prison.

suppresst
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 9:25am

I am gratified to see so many comments from persons who share my point of view - Whitmer has a heavy, dictatorial hand. I think you'll find our Republican leaders in the state house and senate share your sentiments and you should share those sentiment with them.
The lead author of this slanted article is a woman who used to work for ABC News and NPR; that says it all - a member of the Marxist mainstream media who loves dictators like Xi Jinping, of China, and the dictator of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer.

Gary Lea
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 9:40am

In this and other articles, I haven't read that business persons are prepared and willing to daily monitor employee temperatures (incoming / during / outgoing) as well as distribute masks and gloves with proper instructions on use / disposal. My local grocery store in Livonia has functioning ceiling fans, but have them push air downward - not my preference.

Not a fan
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 2:04pm

It's okay that I use my home on Lake Huron. Unlike a lot of others, I will do my part to help not spread COVID19 to my beloved lakeside community, but this is ridiculous:

“We shouldn’t be focusing so much on what is considered ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential,'” state Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, who represents Oscoda, said in a statement. “Instead, we should focus on what behaviors are safe or not safe, because, at the end of the day, every job is essential when it’s paying for groceries, rent, mortgage payments and other family essentials.”

Hey Allor, NO, not every job is ESSENTIAL.

Allor is pandering for votes and her position is reckless. As such, she will prolong the spread of COVID19 unnecessarily. The longer it takes for us to be able to come up north, the longer it will be before we bring our money to local businesses, many which rely solely on summer business.

She talks like Trump who wants to open up the economy before we can contain this plague. I'm so sick of this selfish economy first mentality without regard to the science.

We are all taking huge financial hits and Allor should be helping us get the promised small business loans, unemployment, etc. Maybe she should even give a tax break to people who can't use their homes because they are trying to protect her constituents.

Todd
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 3:15pm

Liberals are loving this. Anything to get at Trump. Keep on violating our civil liberties folks and you'll see some nasty stuff unfold.

Churhcill
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 5:51pm

They were right after all, this will be like WWII! We'll have the good American Patriots on one side, and the lovers of tyranny on the other side! On that other side, in our state, they will be shouting Heil Whitmer! Heil Whitmer!

Someone needs to make a short film about this. During the shutdown, obviously, in direct violation of Fuhrer Whitmer's orders!

Todd
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 3:17pm

We are seeing the most draconian measures enforced at all levels of government that we've ever seen in our lifetimes, and yet rather than being alarmed by the things going on, so many of you applaud.
People are being arrested for spending too much time outside, and you applaud. Pastors are being arrested for daring to hold church services, and you applaud. A child's birthday party is raided by police, and you applaud. A young woman is ticketed for going on a leisurely drive alone because it's deemed "non-essential travel", and you applaud. A parade of school teachers and administrators who wanted to drive through neighborhoods and wave at children is busted up by cops because they were "nonessential," and you applaud. A lone paddleboarder in the ocean on a beach without any other people around is arrested because he's violating quarantine orders, and you applaud.
People are being denied life saving medical treatments because they're not a priority right now (not "essential" as deemed by the government) as the entirety of our medical system is focused on one thing, and you applaud.
Businesses are beings forcibly closed and padlocked and owners arrested for refusing to shut down, and you applaud. Dairy farmers (and soon, other farmers) are being incentivized to stop dairy farming and to sell their herds, and you don't seem to understand the implications.
You're being told to use hotlines and online forms provided by your local governments to report your neighbors who don't obey, and you comply. You scold people day after day for not obeying government edicts, and if any of us dare to question what's happening, you lecture about how we're a danger to society and and we just don't care about people dying.
You've somehow managed to convince yourselves that the people whose lives are affected by a virus are MUCH more important than the people whose lives are being destroyed (and in many cases, leading to death) by the effects of a worldwide economic shutdown and impending worldwide depression the likes of which no one has ever seen before.
At what point will you start QUESTIONING what's going on? How far does the government have to push before you're jolted awake from your slumber? How far are you willing to go with this?
If they told you to load your families onto train cars so that you could be taken to Virus Protection Facilities for your own safety, would you do it?
YES. Yes, you would.That much has become painfully obvious to me. And the whole time, you'd be shaking your finger and yelling at those of us who refused, accusing us of being "a danger to society" and "not caring if people die."
But they don't have to load you onto train cars and take you to Virus Protection Facilities, or force you to comply, because you do that voluntarily. They control your mind. They control you through fear. They control you by convincing you that the world is a scary dangerous place, but they're here to protect you, care for you, and keep you safe, just as long as you OBEY.
They know that as long as you're locked inside your comfortable home with Netflix, Hulu, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a cell phone, while dangling a $1200 check in front of you like a carrot on a stick, you'll comply. No force is necessary for the majority of the herd.
YOU ARE IMPRISONED, willingly, and you're too blind to see it.

Wow
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 5:22pm

Take a deep breath. Nobodies getting on any train cars. Stay home man, it's a worldwide issue that's damaging everyone, and your personal reaction out of fear/emotion is not the answer.

middle of the mit
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 11:31pm

I would like to see one example of any of the circumstances that you say happening in MI. I think we would have heard about those things. I have heard about pastors being fined, but it hasn't stopped them from holding services. But most pastors are forgoing in Church service because most of their congregation is of the susceptible range of age and they don't want to held responsible for one their congregants being infected in their Church.

And just what I have read here at Bridge, Police aren't and haven't been pulling people over willy nilly for just driving around. I know this because the people who live near me are from downstate. And they are not self quarantining. They go out everyday and do whatever it is they do. But they still come with their car and truck and or side by side.

What you are pushing is propaganda.

And until you prove otherwise with links, no one is going to read that in Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News or any other State news site. I know. I read them.

Oh and Matt, how classy it is that this person doesn't care whether or not old people get sick and die from "unrelated causes" but also had COVID-19?

Yeah!

That's class.

Oh by the way, as far as caged people go, you don't care about that happening on the southern border or children being taken from their parents. So........until I see that happening to US citizens it's all propaganda.

Todd
Sun, 04/12/2020 - 5:04pm

maybe try expanding your news sourcing. Did you hear about the man who nearly went to jail for playing with his son at a park? Or maybe the bus rider who was ripped from a bus for not wearing a mask. Don't be such a puppet. Nothing i said was propaganda and for you to use any Detroit paper to source information is foolish. I'm sure you believe that all of those CDC death numbers are accurate too. WAKE UP.

middle of the mit
Wed, 04/15/2020 - 12:20am

An un confirmed with no link case about someone who did what? [[ nearly went to jail for playing with his son at a park?]] Do you know what nearly went to jail means? THEY DIDN'T GO TO JAIL!

The bus rider who was tossed off for not wearing a mask? It is NOT ABOUT YOUR INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY ANYMORE. Your INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS STOP when you try to harm me. Or the rest of society. Then you HAVE TO TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS.

WE live in a society of individuals. And I don't ANYONE even the government telling me what I should do at all anymore than you do. But I am not stoopid. When the rest of the World is shut down for a virus? What do you propose?

I was just in the store yesterday. I asked the owner of the store to grab me a few things behind his counter for me to purchase. He then ended coughing all over the products I was about to purchase. I started walking out of the store. He yelled " I was just eating spicy food!"

I don't give a crap! You just coughed all over everything I was going to buy from you in a PANDEMIC! How much you want to bet he put those items back on the shelf for someone else to buy?

I am staying as far away from you reckless cons as I can.

If nothing has come from this virus what we have learned is that republicans care more about their individual FREEdumb and mammon than they care about life.

Tina
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 6:12pm

We cant get flowers, or carpet, or paint from big stores but we can go buy a car? People would like to spend this time fixing up the house or planting a small garden. I thought a while back she was ok, but my mind is seriously changing. If you are going to stop us from buying something from a store that's already open, u need to not let car dealers sell cars. I understand the stay at home, I support that, I also want to plant some damn tomatoes to.

Eric R.
Sat, 04/11/2020 - 4:34pm

My thoughts exactly , it makes no sense whatsoever to deny a person the ability to paint their bedroom or plant a garden. The stores are open and they already have this product in stock so why are we not allowed to purchase it and do some work around the house?

Kris Taylor
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 6:21pm

Absolutely agree there is a balance and "safe" jobs makes as much sense as "essential" especially when you see what they have labeled "essential" (gun shops???........and I'm a gun owner but would suggest 2 guys cutting and trimming a lawn are much less risk that 4-5 guys lined up at gun counter or honestly much safer than having someone at a McDonalds handing you a bag of food after touching money (maybe the dirtiest thing on the planet). But don't count on anyone in gov't using any common sense.

Gerry Niedermaier
Sat, 04/11/2020 - 11:20am

Hey all you whiners and snivelers like Chatfield......go golfing in large groups, go to church in larger groups, have poker parties with friends, take your kids to playgrounds, have large reunions, essentially do all the things you have always done. You don't have to obey any directives, or wear masks, or use hand sanitizers, or wash your hands. Why hell sake, your all immune. And, when you suffocate from the disease in your lungs, your last thoughts will be "Did I infect my own family members?"
We can dig graves with bulldozers like they are doing in New York City. We have bulldozers here and gas to run them. They'll pile your caskets like cigarettes in a package and bulldoze the dirt back over you. No service in the churches that you gathered in the face of the directives. The headstone will be a huge dildo to represent all those you shafted with your selfish ignorance.

Walter Mitty
Sat, 04/11/2020 - 1:53pm

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

Ronald Reagan

sonjia
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 6:59pm

This is just hurting the people who have been here from the beginning. She should have gotten a court order and then enforced it. Her extension can not be enforced without being a court order. SO all the people who have refused to be at home and wear mask are still infecting people. NOT right !!! Police will NOT respond to you calling for someone not social distancing or infecting others. What is the since of her extention? Make us all bankrupt ?

michelle
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 11:45am

there not staying home, there here in houghton lake every weekend, and have not stopped coming here, but there importain people ask them.