Michigan to close high schools, colleges, bars for 3 weeks as COVID spikes

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, shown earlier this year, is expected Sunday to announce sweeping restrictions closing high schools,  colleges and indoor eateries for thre weeks. (Bridge file photo)

Update: ‘Shock and despair’ as Michigan bars, restaurants take another COVID hit
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LANSING — Michigan will shut indoor bars, restaurant dining rooms, high school classrooms and colleges for three weeks starting Wednesday as part of a new push to fight the surging coronavirus.

Under a sweeping new order from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon, high school sports and group fitness classes will also be cancelled, while movie theaters, bowling alleys and casinos will be closed. 

Michiganders also were told to work from home unless that is impossible. 

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And in an attempt to discourage large Thanksgiving gatherings, indoor crowds of more than two households or 10 people will be prohibited through Dec. 8. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 25 people.

“We are in the worst moment of this pandemic to date,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a Sunday evening news conference as she announced the new restrictions.

“The situation has never been more dire. We are at the precipice, and we need to take some action, because as the weather gets colder, and people spend more time indoors, this virus will spread. 

“More people will get sick, and there will be more fatalities.”

The Michigan High School Athletic Association responded to the new order by suspending all fall tournaments, practices and competitions set to begin over the next three weeks for football, girls volleyball, girls swimming and diving.

Republican lawmakers and some business leaders, meanwhile, criticized the new restrictions, which follow days of grim news and record-breaking case counts in MIchigan, where COVID-19 hospitalizations and testing positivity rates have reached points not seen since the spring. 

“We are disappointed that Gov. Whitmer chose to go it alone, again,” Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, said in a statement.  

“Senate Republicans will continue working with our doctors and the medical community on ways we can combat this virus and are ready to work with the governor when she decides to work as a team.”

Under the new rules, child care centers, retail stores, gyms, pools, barber shops and other personal care service businesses will not close. Professional sports can continue without fans, as can college sports leagues that comply with “enhanced testing” rules.

Violation of the new order is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail or a fine of up to $200.

Attorney General Dana Nessel urged county health departments and local law enforcement agencies to enforce the orders, and said her office stands "ready to assist them in their efforts.

Officials in several states have imposed new COVID restrictions in recent days as the virus surges nationwide, with more than 180,000 new diagnoses and nearly 1,400 deaths on Friday alone.  

Whitmer spoke from the State Emergency Operations Center near Lansing, the same spot where 250 days earlier she announced the state's first confirmed cases of COVID-19.

"Eight months after I first spoke to you in March, I'm asking that we join forces again. Because as hard as those first months were for our state, these next few are going to be even harder." 

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive and deputy director of the state Department of Health and Human Services, warned Thursday that the state’s “deadliest, most grim” days may be ahead.

She reiterated that warning Sunday, urging residents to wear masks and socially distance. Michigan has confirmed 44,019 new cases and 416 deaths in the past seven days, Khaldun said, and the state health department is currently investigating 980 separate outbreaks.

"COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire, and we are now in the dreaded surge that we have been warning about for months," she said.

The new school closures will affect most students in grades 9-12 with all classes switching to remote learning. Special-education students and English language learners will be allowed to continue to take in-person classes.

Students in grades K-8 who now attend classrooms can continue to attend classes as they do now. 

The logic of closing high school buildings and leaving K-8 buildings open has to do with the pattern health officials have seen in outbreaks – that much of the spread is among older students who are involved in activities in which they are gathered in groups, such as sports.

Officials with higher education groups such as the Michigan Association of State Universities on Sunday issued statements praising the new restrictions, noting that many colleges are in communities where hospital capacity is strained.

"The data shows we must be more aggressive in urging people – including college students and staff -- to avoid even small gatherings," Dan Hurley, CEO of the state university group, said in written remarks.

Pushback from lawmakers

But the announcement faced immediate pushback in the Republican-led Legislature, whose leaders sued Whitmer in May during a spring shutdown and celebrated when the Michigan Supreme Court invalidated an emergency powers law she had used to fight the pandemic. 

“Small businesses, particularly restaurants, cannot sustain themselves through another lock-down, and these new orders will certainly spell doom for the livelihood of many,” Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party chair, said in a statement.

GOP leaders have urged Whitmer to work collaboratively on the state’s COVID-19 response and complained as her administration continued issuing new orders through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The House last month proposed a plan that would allow county officials to relax local regulations if and when cases subside. 

The GOP-led Legislature has not passed any major COVID-19 legislation to address the recent surge, however, and the House last week cancelled session as the virus spread among lawmakers. 

“I want nothing more than to murder this virus, but what the governor is doing and how she’s doing it is illegal,” state Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, told Bridge on Sunday evening.  

“It’s not what she’s doing, it’s how she’s doing it that’s the big issue here,” added LaFave, who survived COVID-19 and called the pandemic a “tragedy.”

Gordon, the state's health director, said the new order "rests on the firm legal authority" the Michigan Legislature created after the Spanish flu of 1918. State law gives him broad powers to address epidemics.

The rules "are grounded in evidence and experience and reflect input from public health experts in Michigan and around the country," Gordon said.

Squash the surge

A half-dozen hospital CEOs representing both large and small health systems last week pleaded with Michiganders to increase their vigilance against the virus and cancel holiday plans. 

John Fox, CEO of Beaumont Health, the state’s largest hospital system, said Thursday that without better control over the pandemic, “the healthcare system can capsize.”

The surge, which reflects an explosion of cases around much of the globe, is overwhelming the state’s ability to keep up with testing and contract tracers — core efforts in both tracking and controlling the spread of the virus. 

Meanwhile, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) said it was cracking down on employers whose employees were working in-person when it was possible for them to work remotely.

The new rules are not as severe as the stay-home order Whitmer issued in late March amid the state’s first wave of COVID-19. The governor lifted that order June 1 as case counts fell. She gradually eased other business restrictions as the virus spread slowed during the summer and early fall.

While officials did not rule out the possibility of more future action,  Gordon, the state's health director, said he hopes the state will be in a "better place" by the time the new three-week order expires.

"If we act now, we can prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed," he said. "We can prevent our frontline heroes from being lost, and we can prevent even greater consequences for jobs and our economy." 

Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, praised Whitmer's new order. 

"The faster we can squash this surge, the faster we can safely resume our lives and livelihoods," he said in a statement. "Hospitals are asking for all of Michigan to unite against COVID-19." 

But restaurant industry officials criticized the new rules. 

"There are no easy decisions right now" but Gordon's new closure order will "absolutely lead to a catastrophic economic fallout," said Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association.

"We are profoundly disappointed by his decision to shutter restaurants for a second time this year – this time with no safety net of federal stimulus dollars to soften the blow to already ailing operators and employees." 

Michigan on Saturday reported 7,072 new coronavirus cases, setting another daily record and bringing the state’s week-long average to more than 6,000 cases per day. The state averaged fewer than 2,000 cases per day at the peak of its first wave in April. 

The number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital has more than tripled in the past month in Michigan, climbing from 1,039 confirmed and suspected patients on Oct 14 to 3,241 on Saturday. 

Death counts have risen as well in recent weeks, though not as dramatically as during the state’s first wave. Michigan reported 65 new and newly identified deaths on Saturday, compared to 175 deaths on a single day in April.

The state is testing more than ever, but officials are alarmed by a rise in the rate of positive results. On Saturday, nearly 14 percent of all reported tests came back positive for COVID-19, well above the 3 percent range the state had hovered at through June, July, August and September.

Michigan’s new rules follow additional restrictions in multiple states. 

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican who had resisted restrictions, on Friday issued a statewide mask mandate, limited crowd sizes and cut bar and restaurant capacity. GOP Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tightened mask rules in his state, where beginning Monday, non-compliant businesses could be shut down for up to 24 hours. 

Democratic governors in Oregon and New Mexico ordered “near-lockdowns,” closing some businesses and limiting the size of gatherings.  And in Chicago, Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a stay-at-home advisory, asking residents to only leave home for work, school or essential needs for the next 30 days.

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middle of the mit
Sun, 11/15/2020 - 5:57pm

{{{{“Lockdowns come with a cost, and the mental health cost is extremely devastating,” Vanderwall said. The business costs, extremely devastating.”

GOP leaders have urged Whitmer to work collaboratively on the state’s COVID-19 response and complained as her administration continued issuing new orders through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The House last month proposed a plan that would allow county officials to relax local regulations if and when cases subside.

The GOP-led Legislature has not passed any major COVID-19 legislation to address the recent surge, however, and the House last week cancelled session as the virus spread among lawmakers. }}}

It's in YOUR hands now GOP! You bashed the Governor for her nursing home order, then passed the same thing, because you DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO! Or? Worse yet? YOU DON'T CARE.

{{{“I want nothing more than to murder this virus, but what the governor is doing and how she’s doing it is illegal,” state Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, told Bridge on Sunday evening.}}}

Not if you are willing to help!

If it's no big deal, why the he double hockey sticks are running away from it? Don't go on vacation! Go back to in person legislating! That is what you are paid to do, isn't it?

The real question that the GOP needs to answer?

Who do you represent? Death?

middle of the mit
Sun, 11/15/2020 - 8:38pm

addendum:
https://www.fox9.com/news/minnesota-senate-gop-held-large-in-person-dinn...

{{(FOX 9) - Days before a coronavirus outbreak in the Minnesota Senate Republican caucus, the GOP held a large, in-person dinner party to celebrate their election results. A GOP spokeswoman confirmed the Nov. 5 victory dinner party this weekend in response to FOX 9’s questions about it. Republicans had not previously disclosed it, even as controversy erupted over the outbreak. The spokeswoman, Rachel Aplikowski, did not say why she had not disclosed the party in earlier public statements about the situation.}}}

THEY DON'T GIVE AN UH ABOUT YOU!

Let their OWN ACTIONS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!

There is NOTHING, personal responsibility, accountability, professionalism, religion, morality.....Churches, Charities, families............NOTHING that they can fall back on with this!

Do you hear what I am saying? THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU! I don't care who you are, but I care about you, they don't care about you! Unless you have enough material wealth to make you SOMEONE? you are with me, and you don't even know it yet. I used to be one of you, then I got tossed off.

Don't let it happen to you.

If their word was worth more than the air it took to say it? We wouldn't need social programs at all.

ACTS chapter 4-chapter 5.

Even they don't believe it. Because it came from the Holy Spirit and not God or Jesus.

Neveragain
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 4:45pm

Are you done crying and having a 3 year old meltdown?

Charlie Day
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 7:01pm

I did not realize that people in insane assilems were allowed to use the internet... LOL

middle of the mit
Tue, 11/17/2020 - 8:16pm

Bridge let's you post here, while telling us you are a democrat And you are more worried about those who are going to start a civil war. And apparently..........you don't know how to spell asylum.

What's wrong Charlie? Can't accept the Holy Spirit?

You think those who can accept the Holy Spirit are more insane than those who say they are Christians, but can not follow what they preach, and instead starting a civil war because they lost an election, that you consider sane?

Psh
Sun, 11/15/2020 - 8:41pm

Those dang GOP'ers

middle of the mit
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 9:40pm

Well, for a bunch of people who complain they are being left out of the process, it sure does seem like they are VOLUNTARILY leaving themselves out, doesn't it?

Death
Sun, 11/15/2020 - 11:16pm

I am represented by your governor. and don't you forget it.

middle of the mit
Tue, 11/17/2020 - 8:19pm

Oh, I don't ever plan on letting you forget your party (and Death? You just admitted it.) forget that is what you represent!

Leslie Watson
Sun, 11/15/2020 - 7:20pm

Neighboring states are not faring as well as Michigan. I appreciate the efforts of trying to establish boundaries for keeping people safer as the pandemic rages.

Anonymous
Sun, 11/15/2020 - 9:11pm

this news source is clearly NOT unbiased

Cindy L.
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 9:31am

Oh yeah, they left out the Governor's response to Sen Shirkey's tweet about not working as a team. She had several meetings, asking for other plans, but THEY HAD NONE! Yet they complain when a decision HAS to be made. Who's not working as a team, Sen Shirkey?
The GOP Gov of ND has finally made a mask mandate, but this is just their first time around. Michigan has been at this since March. When will you decide to "work with the doctors" and experts and reinforce the message. Why is the Republican leadership acting like they are feeling left out? Awww. Where are the rest of the adults in this state?

Paul Jordan
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:13am

As it happens, REALITY is not unbiased. Our current situation is both real and dire. Fortunately, we have a reality-based governor!

Matt G
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:20am

In other news: water makes things wet.

Every single human providing information for other humans has bias. Let me translate your message:

"I don't like what this news source is saying and I don't want others to believe what it says is true"

What in particular is biased here in your opinion?

Anonymous
Sun, 11/15/2020 - 9:30pm

I guess "science" says the dreaded, killing covid will not infect the thousands of grade and middle school kids. This whole sham our "protectors " are perpetrating on us is criminal.l

Cindy L.
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 9:33am

Why Anonymous?
If you watched the Gov's explanation, it was given. Might be worth your while to be informed.

Mark Williams
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:22am

As with the "Spanish" flu of 1918, this virus does target different age groups. It doesn't seem to target younger children with the severity it attacks teens and 20 year olds. As the article notes, high schoolers tend to engage in group events that more readily spread the virus. Did you read the article? They also tend to act more autonomously then younger children and do dumber things. It's the age. Also, just because a report doesn't match your beliefs doesn't mean it's biased. Go back to OAN. They'll tell you what you want to hear. And why "anonymous"?

EB
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:29pm

"I guess "science" says the dreaded, killing covid will not infect the thousands of grade and middle school kids. "

That's a pretty accurate statement, younger kids don't seem to be as impacted as older kids and adults. "During May–September 2020, average weekly incidence (cases per 100,000 children) among adolescents aged 12–17 years (37.4) was approximately twice that of children aged 5–11 years (19.0)" says https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6939e2.htm.

hallinen
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:32pm

Science has shown that humans of all ages can and are getting infected by and transmitting SARS-CoV-2. The logic behind closing all high schools and colleges is because they are the source of the majority of clusters. In addition, most high school kids do not need a babysitter and are better than their parents at working online. Little kids should not be staring at a screen for 6 hours a day (well, nobody should), and although their risk is not zero, in general they are surviving infections with fewer problems than adults. I appreciate Gordon shutting down indoor dining, bars and casinos. Maybe a few more people will remain uninfected and will benefit from a vaccine in May.

Mr E
Sun, 11/15/2020 - 9:43pm

Im not listening to a person who thinks mcdonalds employees are essential workers but the unemployment office employees are not. We need our liquor stores open but DHHS is going to be closed. On top of that we already closed down once right and did it disappear? No. So we going to repeat the process that didnt work before for a sickness that the CDC said death rate is very low. Your opinions of my state mrs. Whitmer mean nothing to me anymore

Mrs H
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 9:37am

I understand and empathize with your frustrations. However, the DNA and genetic replication process of this virus changes. It doesn’t “stand still “ so we can study it and devise methods of 100% kill rate. So I ask you and others who criticize attempts to keep people safe- what would you do? What medical research substantiates your methods ?

Concerned
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:59am

I can appreciate the exasperation everyone has with the virus. But we need to continue to be vigilant in dealing with it and that means some people and businesses will probably suffer. Is the other option not to do anything and have thousands of more people suffer or die? I’m not sure when we closed down before that we thought we would cause the virus to disappear? I think we were trying to contain it until we got a vaccine. Everyone wants to blame someone, it usually makes us feel better, but the Governor probably isn’t the blame. The republican controlled legislator has failed to passed legislation to protect the citizens of Michigan. Therefore, the Governor has no choice other than to try and protect her citizens by have orders issued by her department heads.

Larry J Traxler
Sun, 11/15/2020 - 10:39pm

Good job governor!

rssalas
Sun, 11/15/2020 - 11:13pm

Dear Michigan,
I as your governor who promised to fix your roads am illegally implementing this new policy in contempt of Supreme Court rulings, for your own good so we can shoehorn in Joe because it really was Hillary's turn in 2016 and we're going to prove it to you even if we have to drive you out of business and make you flee the state because we determine what's essential, and prohibition was a great idea, it just was implemented a hundred years too early. Just remember: Were doing this for your own good and the beatings will continue until morale improves!
The Gov.

Matt G
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:23am

Can you use your extensive legal scholarship to explain to everyone how the order violates the SC ruling? I mean one based in fact and not your imagination.

Also, if the GOP legislature would do something other than complain while people die and our hospitals and health care workers get overrun, the governor wouldn't have to do anything.

Math Sux
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 1:08pm

p.s. If you need to comment on my latest E.O., I'll be up north at my cottage and boat.

The Gov

rassalas
Sun, 11/15/2020 - 11:14pm

Dear Readers,
This content has been censored.

G Scott
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 6:22am

Mr. Shirkey complains that the governor "is going it alone". That is what happens when one cedes leadership to another. Where is the republican leadership regarding Covid? Have they passed any meaningful legislation that might help this state through our crisis? They certainly have had time to put forth a plan to combat this situation. But where is the republican leadership?....On vacation!

The West Side M...
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 7:29am

We support the Govenor. Put up or shut up! Michigan Republicans' double speak and side show tactics regarding Covid do not constitute a plan to eliminate the virus. The party of the people is now the party of side show critics and do nothings...all from the comfort of their homes while receiving full pay checks and great health care. Grow up. Do your jobs. People are dying. People can't pay their bills or afford food. Homelessness is increasing. Divisive pandering to non believers of the seriousness of this virus is a SAD commentary on you and the Republican party. Work with the Governor to actuate real solutions. Commit to life, not popularity.

Jedarc
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:39am

You said, "Grow up. Do your jobs. People are dying. People can't pay their bills or afford food. Homelessness is increasing." Did it ever occur to you it's because of lockdowns?

Mr.Anderson
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:05pm

Government is the cause of, not the solution to problems. Life is dangerous and no one makes it out alive. The sooner you wrap your head around those two pieces of cheese the better off we will all be.

Herd mentality
Tue, 11/17/2020 - 8:40pm

Yes! The Government prohibits EVERYTHING! Life IS dangerous! No one makes it out alive!

Let us all forgo Government of any kind! That is not what makes us safe! We do! By making informed decisions of HOW we are going to conduct our selves. Then we gather together and form a................. to codify those decisions into LAW so that society can have ORDER!

But WE don't need that! Let us all ABOLISH ALL LAWS and work on a society where people can do what they want. Because we all know that people are magnanimous, giving and altruistic! NO one disobeys laws! Therefore we DON'T need them.........at all!!

SJG
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 9:29am

Can someone remind me the last time a virus was legislated out of existence! I read here people calling for the legislature to DO SOMETHING about Covid. Saying the Governor is doing a good job. Well the virus is still here, her lockdown did what it was supposed to do and flatten the curve. The question always was, "so now what?" Your curve was not going to stay flat, everyone knew this, all you did was destroy some businesses, caused drug and alcohol use to spike, have certain challenged people to end their lives, and made elderly people die alone with no family their to comfort them. Stop treating people like children Governor. The legislature is doing what they are supposed to do, living their lives and working, not pretending that they have any more control over a virus than they do of trying to make the sun not come up tomorrow. When will you people learn, you can't hide from a virus, wearing a mask does not keep out microscopic organisms. Wash your hands often and live your life people and get over living on your knees begging someone to save you.

Math Sux
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:29am

Sure, let's announce this on November 15th, a Sunday AND one of the most anticipated days for Michigan's outdoor community. Timing says everything.

The data wasn't available Friday or Saturday? Really? Sunday night and schools/businesses scramble to make changes. Does anyone think kids will even go to class M-W? Won't some parents say, "Whoa, if it is bad enough to shut down Wednesday, we aren't sending the kidlets at all this week."

Stop with the half measures; either shut it down totally or let people decide for themselves. Stutter stepping through this is worse than anything else.

No wonder we are bitterly divided.

common sense
Tue, 11/17/2020 - 9:12pm

{{{Sure, let's announce this on November 15th, a Sunday AND one of the most anticipated days for Michigan's outdoor community. Timing says everything.}}}

Uhh, I haven't ever come into contact with other hunters on Deer hunting day, unless I was at a deer hunting camp. Don't do that this year.

The same data they used Sunday, is the same data they had on Thursday, and it is bad data! And most smart parents are going to start to question GOP leadership.......except those that would make their kids attend a measals, mumps or polio party. I just had a run in at the grocery store. The problem? The lady didn't want to kiss me when I told her that I had mono and we should make out to improve her immune system!

The ONLY reason there are half measures? Is because your side is refusing to even acknowledge the disease, and if it happened, you would flip your lids. Why don't you do it for seat belts or car seats? Why do we accept laws that most people wouldn't need (murder or driving on the government sanctioned side of the road, with a government sanctioned seat belt law ) but asking or telling you to wear a mask is a tyrannical act?
No wonder we are bitterly divided.

Jonah212
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:52am

It is good that the rules have been set to close down in order to try to contain the spread of a deadly virus. Republicans in the Senate and House complain but do nothing but carp.

The Republican Senate leader, Shirkey, is well named. He manages well at shirking his duty and responsibility to the people of Michigan.

It is also interesting that the State Supreme Court ruled against the Governor earlier this year explaining that emergency rules require action by the Legislature. The majority on that outgoing Court really did engage in wishful thinking or they were following their path of being "destructive" to people.

Shannon
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 11:49am

The the Michigan GOP: Why would our governor need to consult anyone on such an obvious need. We already know most of the GOP doesn't want things shut down. I believe the majority of Michiganders, as well as people across the country, understand and agree with the decision to try to manage the number of cases and hospitalizations, and save lives. It's sad that businesses have to struggle; but our government could also do something to help with that.

PLombard
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:19pm

It's not obvious to me why the doctors, epidemiologists, and other public health officials at MDHHS allow folks at a church to not wear a mask as well as remain exempt from any penalties. I don't know, maybe the virus is much less virulent at those facilities.

Diana
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 1:18pm

We have a governor and a Harris Biden presidency that are working to shut down the country. Eventually they will turn on each other as their special interest groups feel the hardships.

Marc
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 1:44pm

I'm glad that this lockdown -- aka "pause" -- is more targeted, but as the gov must know, without extra money from Washington for workers or business owners, some will likely not survive this. I would not be surprised if the pause doesn't get extended. I am sure we'll have another "pause" closer to Christmas and into the new year for the same reasons.

I just hope that she gives us concrete statistics this time on where the state stands, instead of a weekly press conference with the phrase "not out of the woods" being used as reliably as "Good afternoon."

AllTalkNoAction
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 2:08pm

So Shirker and NoFave are disappointed that our governor won't work with them on their do nothing response to Covid19? Do not see that they have proposed anything at all to help, other than "talking to their doctors" about possibly responding somehow. Thankfully we have proactive leadership that refuses to sit, wait and do nothing. Governor Whitmer. No shirker there.

Tomorrow Never Comes
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 3:36pm

If you believe this if for three weeks, I have a bridge between Mackinac City and St. Ignace I would like to sell you. If the curve is brought down again; what then? The easing of restrictions will send it back up a month later. She's gonna open things before the Christmas Holidays? Really? I wish Gretchen would at least be straight with the people even if she has never had a long-term plan.

Thank goodness for project Warp Speed and the Trump administration.

Neveragain
Mon, 11/16/2020 - 4:40pm

I will tell you this. My family and I will never patronize local businesses that bow down to your highness commands. There will be plenty of small businesses that stay open regardless. Way more than first lockdown.

You want to follow the Queens commands, you don't want my money. I will gladly give my $ to businesses that ignore halfwhit. I'll even donate money to businesses that get fines to help pay. Or better yet, start a small business gofundme to pay fines. I'll guarantee lots of people will donate.

Power in numbers. For the record...my business didn't shut down even 1 day of original lockdown. There ARE ways around the orders

Revere
Tue, 11/17/2020 - 6:58pm

Thank you for being bold and standing up for Liberty, Patriot.
If you have any trouble with Frau Whittler or her stasi posse, please contact your local militia - Hundreds of small, local militias are popping up around the state and we are standing by to provide protection.
Live Free or Die Hard.

PreciateYa
Tue, 11/17/2020 - 8:49pm

Good. Tired of running into hoaxers that don't seem to know how to act responsibly in public.

Todd Priest
Tue, 11/17/2020 - 2:31pm

Three weeks? What a joke. These tyrants know good and well that this is going to last longer than three weeks and will absolutely lead to an entire shut down again. This woman keeps touting science and there's not one single scientific study that supports what she is doing. Not one. She's a tyrant and won't be happy until she destroys as many small businesses as possible. It amazes me that people vote for the known job killers.