What Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home executive order means to Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said that many restrictions remain the same: You still can’t go back to work unless you’re an essential worker, and you can’t get together with friends in small groups. But restrictions on retail stores, travel, outdoor recreation and even bicycle maintenance have been loosened.

May 7 update: Michigan stay-at-home order extended to May 28
April 29 update: Michigan Gov. Whitmer to reopen construction industry May 7

Prepare to stay at home until at least May 15. But while you do it, you can now buy gardening supplies, fire up the motorboat or play a few rounds of golf. 

These are among the new freedoms allowed under an extended stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday. She’s faced criticism over the last two weeks from conservatives and others who argued her April 9 stay-at-home order was riddled with unnecessary restrictions.

Under the new order, which goes into effect immediately, many restrictions remain the same: You still can’t go back to work unless you’re an essential worker, and you can’t get together with friends in small groups. But restrictions on retail stores, travel, outdoor recreation and even bicycle maintenance have been loosened. 

“These are changes that public health experts say are lower risk… we will consider this the preliminary stage of economic re-engagement,” Whitmer said at a press conference Friday. “My fervent hope is that people will still take this incredibly seriously.”

The state will track COVID-19 infection rates and ramp up testing capacity and contact tracing to monitor how the changes are affecting the disease’s spread in Michigan, Whitmer said.

The results will help decide whether the latest order is extended. 

Here’s what you need to know about the new stay-at-home order. 

Wearing a mask in public enclosed spaces is required. You won’t get arrested if you don’t

Everyone who is “able to medically tolerate” it will be required beginning April 27 to wear a face-covering while in public enclosed spaces such as grocery stores. 

That might include a homemade mask such as a scarf or bandana. But don’t go out and buy medical-grade coverings like N-95 or surgical masks. Those should be saved for health care workers and other first responders, Whitmer said. 

You won’t be “subject to a criminal penalty” for not wearing a mask in stores and you aren’t required to wear one outside. “But you should consider it anyway,” she said.

If you have to do in-person work of any kind, your employer is now required to provide non-medical grade face coverings for you and gloves, goggles or face shields depending on the job performed.

Golfing and boating is now allowed, and you can get your bike tuned up

Under the previous stay-at-home order, golf courses and motorized boating, including jet skis, weren’t allowed. 

That’s changed under the new order. All boating is now allowed, including kayaks and canoes (which were previously allowed) and motorboats, pontoons, jet skis and other motorized boats. 

Golfing is also allowed, though golfers can’t use golf carts when they go out. 

Bicycle repair shops were also required to be closed under the old order, only to open for essential workers who relied on their bike as a means of transportation to work. Under the new order, professional bicycle repair is allowed for anyone. 

Lawn care, gardening, pest control and landscaping workers are back on the job 

As long as they follow social distancing rules while working, people who perform these “low-risk” jobs are allowed to go back to work. 

In instances where workers share equipment, businesses are required to do “frequent and thorough cleaning” to maintain sanitation. Employers are required to provide gloves, googles, face shields and masks “as appropriate.”

The other doesn’t change any restrictions on construction work, the governor’s office said: Construction to maintain roads, bridges and other infrastructure can go on, but commercial projects, non-emergency home improvements and other non-essential construction still aren’t allowed.

Shopping for non-essential goods is back, but only remotely 

No longer are sales limited to grocery stores and other essential retail shops: All businesses are now allowed to sell their wares through delivery or curbside pickup. They’re required to stay closed to in-person shopping, though. 

Even for essential goods like groceries, people are encouraged to use curbside pickup and delivery when possible to avoid contact with others.

Travel between your homes is allowed, but not to rentals 

Under the last stay-at-home order, Michiganders were barred from traveling between their homes. That’s changed under the new order, which allows people to travel between their homes or move into a new one. 

That means if you own a cottage Up North and you’re downstate, you can go there. But Whitmer said she would “strongly discourage” doing that. 

“Our rural hospitals simply are not equipped” to treat “an influx of people” if COVID-19 were to spread in northern Michigan, she said. If you do decide to go Up North, avoid going to local grocery stores or other shops. 

If you don’t own a second home, tough luck: Travel to vacation rentals is still prohibited.

Garden supplies, paint supplies, furniture and flooring are back in big stores

Big stores like Meijer, Walmart and Target will be allowed to reopen sections for carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, and paint supplies that were required to be blocked off under the last stay-at-home order.

Here’s what you can’t do

Despite the major changes made Friday, most elements of the stay-at-home order remained the same. 

Who is considered an essential worker follows federal guidelines issued in March, limiting regular in-person work to people working in industries required to sustain life such as healthcare, sanitation and agricultural workers. 

People are allowed to leave their homes to do essential work or get necessary supplies like medication, groceries or gas. Exercising and walking pets is allowed, and people are required to maintain a six-foot distance from others.

Social gatherings of any size are banned, and in-person dining, entertainment, hair care and other services are still closed. 

"Each of these actions has contributed to the saving of lives in our state," Whitmer said of the stay at home orders Friday. 

"The more that we observe this, the stronger our economy will be when we do fully engage."

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Roy Privatte
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 3:17pm

I'd like to see Michigan's residential home construction resume with minimal or no restrictions.
most phases, framing, roofing, siding, plumbing, electrical, drywall, etc are accomplished with only a small number of tradesmen on-site at a given point in time. It's time for people to evaluate their own risk level and take responsibility for their own safety.

Fingers crossed
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 8:06am

Most of what you say is true, until the last sentence. It's not just about your own safety. It's about the danger you pose to others. Just like if you want to through bombs. Covid is a viral bomb.

Agree
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 11:08am

Fingers, I think you mean "throw", but yeah, good analogy.

George Jones
Mon, 04/27/2020 - 11:35am

If one has enough common sense to protect themselves at the grocery store or the hardware, presumably they would take the same precautions everywhere, even in a close environment atmosphere.

Rick Raisen
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 4:04pm

She can't tell me what to wear and what not to wear. Of course I'll wear a mask, and a store can have a rule asking me to wear a mask- but the idea of the Governor of Michigan having the unilateral power to declare what I am allowed to wear and not wear when I leave my house is absurd. What's next- does she have the power to order me to wear a pussyhat?

Lloyd Christmas
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 6:53pm

Apparently she can tell you what to wear. If she wants to, she can tell you to wear a yellow star. And you're going to obey and like it. Or else she'll just put you in house arrest longer.

I call BS
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 8:03am

Lloyd, you're such a petulant child. Yes, she can tell you what to wear, just like requiring hazmat wear to deal with a chemical spill. How ignorant you are! She's not singling out a group based on their race, ethnicity, gender, etc. Grow the F up.

No, she cannot ...
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 4:01pm

The Governor does not have the authority to order you to wear anything. A private business can refuse you service if you do not adhere to their rules. The bottoms line was that all this was to flatten the curve. Mission accomplished. Time to get back to business as usual. The Governor wants to jeopardize moving the bar. Waiting until there is a vaccine is ridiculous as there may never be a vaccine ir cure.

duane
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 6:28pm

I,
Do you think the Governor should require people who test positive for the virus wear a yellow 'V' prominently on their clothing?
Do you think the Governor should require people who test positive for virus antibodies wear a red 'A' prominently on their clothing?
Do you think the Governor should require people to wear masks that do not protect them from getting the virus? that will not prevent others from getting the virus?

Personally I don't like the idea of requiring letters because that has proven to be severely abused in the past. As for the masks, they have limited value, but value none the less, they will catch much of the saliva containing the virus, just not all of it, the masks will likely remind people to keep their hands away from their face, and when put on before entering a store it should remind people to keep their spacing.

Cut the crap
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 7:36pm

No, if positive, she should just tell them to self quarantine for 14 days and fine them if they don't. People should just do the right thing. We should hold employers accountable if they allow their sick employees to work. We still don't even know if antibodies contribute to immunity. So spare us your evil innuendos. Everyone in closed spaces must wear masks. I intend to where them outside too until there is a vaccine. Then again I don't intend to go out much until there is a vaccine. I can get most everything I need delivered.

duane
Mon, 04/27/2020 - 11:46pm

Cut,
Who decides what the right thing is for me, for you, for anyone? Does it have to conform Constitutional rights?
To hold the employers accountable there needs to a description of what and criteria for how, and the legal authority to enforce expectations.
What you call 'evil' is simply a means of emphasis.
Your plan is one of the most likely to prevent contact with the virus, most of us aren't that disciplined and need a wider range of movement.

Bek
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 9:28am

Mr. Christmas,
This is a site that deals in reasonable and truthful reporting.
Please take your absurd and alarmist comments to Twitter or Facebook where they belong.
Your reference to the Holocaust is disgusting.

Lloyd Christmas
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 11:10am

You spelled your name wrong... I think it's spelled KAREN. Of course your first impulse was to order me around- of course you tried to strengthen your argument by invoking elites- of course you filled your post with name-calling. The argument is sound.

To X-Mas
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 4:16pm

So silly.

Peace to all
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 11:12am

Bek, I totally agree. It's revolting, but same people are rallying under the confederate flag claiming their "freedom" rights are being trampled.

KC
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 9:25am

The 10th amendment leaves this up to the states. The state constitution leaves it up to state laws. The state laws leave it up to the governor when there's an emergency. It's been declared an emergency at every level. Unless you can show some first amendment need to not wear a mask, yes, the governor has the right to tell you what to wear. Don't worry, she's not going to tell you to wear a burka. But, you know, you could yourself (and the rest of us) the hassle and just stay under your rock...

Michael Borton
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 3:57pm

You seem to leave a few thing out of your state . 1. The 5th admendment
2. The Supreme Court decision exparte Milligan
3. Michigan law requires her orders to be reasonable . she still allowing flights in and out of Detroit metro . the science doesnt match her orders . the average distance of cough and sneeze is 12 ft and up to 30 ft and droplets stay in air 10 minutes according to MIT study .
3 peered viewed study all have come to same conculsion that mask outside of n95 dont work the are 97% ineffective and in every study poeple that wear cotton mask and one other type actual make more poeple sick becuase the breath make them moist and they become Petra dish for grow of bacteria . so none of her orders are based on any science .
4. There listing alot of death as corno when the person actual died of old age, diabetes, cancer or several other thing they been instructed to list cuase of death as corno if have antibodies .this happen with sars1 too than several year after they reviewed case and had to lower rate of death .
5. Two study now in New York and California have shown that infection rate is actual 55 times greater than reported .which greatly increase the data showing most poeple have little to no systoms and the death rate of under 60 and no preexisting condition is down to .04%
None of these democrats and msm want to discuss becuase it make it know that this was mishandled and fits mass hysteria event.

KFC
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 4:18pm

LOL Yeah, isn't it funny how states' rights change when the governors are democrats.

All things in time
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 4:10pm

It means everyone keep up the great work. We can slow roll reopening the economy with proper precautions.

Walther Funk
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 8:51pm

What it means is that she doesn't have a clue what she's doing. Watch the press conference and read the executive orders. Does she ever even attempt to estimate what success looks like for this policy- ie, how many coronavirus deaths she expects to be averted by the shut-down extension? Does she even care what damage this will inflict on the state’s economy another month of enforced stasis? Imagine a CEO of a company establishing a radical new policy with no quantifiable goals, no objectively achievable ends, and no acknowledgment of costs or downsides? A CEO who resists accountability, resists input from others, and who threatens to punish any shareholders who speak up? That person would be fired! Let's stop making this partisan and start demanding results from the Governor!

Get Real
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 11:06am

I know, only it sounds like you are describing Trump. Please don't drink bleach, people.

Trump sucks
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 4:21pm

"Imagine a CEO of a company establishing a radical new policy with no quantifiable goals, no objectively achievable ends, and no acknowledgment of costs or downsides? A CEO who resists accountability, resists input from others, and who threatens to punish any shareholders who speak up? That person would be fired! Let's stop making this partisan and start demanding results from the PRESIDENT!"
Yep, that sounds like Trump and it's funny how his sycophants voted not to impeach him. Now look at the mess we are in.

Norman Vance
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 4:17am

Oh for heavens sake, Get Real yourself, the President never said to drink bleach !!

Norm's not normal
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 7:39pm

To be fair, he wants to "inject" bleach, supposedly into people's lungs or somewhere to kill the coronavirus. You should listen to his words.

duane
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:06am

Norm's,
Either you didn't listen to the comments and the President's questions in response, or you only repeat what the media says and avoid thinking.

uv light was mentioned as a virus killer, just as disinfectants have been found to kill Covid 19, the questions the President asks we about the possibility of virus killers be introduced directly into the body. A practical answers to such questions could begin with development of an antiviral drug that could be injected, or like the uv LEDs used in the trachea to kill bacteria and other microbials.

Geoffrey Owen
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 1:31pm

Mr. Dumb Funk, I disagree, her job is to manage the government, your job is to make it happen. How do you expect results when demonstrators storm the capitol building? How do you predict results when people refuse to wear masks, wash their hands, disinfect their shoes and keep distant? There are 10 million variables and an invisible enemy. If we follow the "Guidelines" we may see things open up. If we don't do it right she will tighten them back up. Relax, stay safe, disinfect.

Michael Borton
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 6:33am

The science doesnt back her order . one social distancing is not based in science average cough and sneeze travel 12 and up to 24 feet and droplets can stay in air 10 minutes. So this 6ft thing not a way to help anyone it just to show they can order it and poeple be good sheep(based on MIT study)(1)
Let talk about mask several peer reviewed article have shown unless wearing specialty fitted and you trained to use n95 mask they just don't work in most cases actual increased infection rate.(2)
This is just another move to destory the constution and start the USA on path of being a Marxist nation where the goverment tell you how to live your life down to smalliest detail.they dont think grown adults can take information and make own choices .most poeple would go to nursing home if chance could infect them 99.9% will due what proper dont need threats from goverment.
(1)https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/how-far-do-coughs-and-sneeze...
(2)https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/4/e006577?ijkey=63436ddf6c2a104305bac4...

Bipolar GOP
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 8:08am

Borton, make up your mind. Do you want to reopen the economy or not?

Really?
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 8:12am

"most poeple would go to nursing home if chance could infect them 99.9% will due what proper dont need threats from goverment."

Mike, I'm sure this sounds beautiful and coherent to you in your mind, but it sounds like a drunkard to the rest of us. Glad you are not in charge of anything, let alone our state. You don't even have control of your own mental faculties.

Willie Wilson
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 9:07am

What nonsense.

Kris
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 10:00am

How is it that she can stop all FOIA request? Sounds fishy. The only state doing that. But yet someone is there to say, denied.

Yawn
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 11:24am

Get a life.

middle of the mit
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 9:27pm

Would you please look up sunshine laws under Governor Rick Snyder?

I am pretty sure he his STILL HIDING BEHIND THEM for his involvement in Flint.

Let the sunshine laws go!!

FOR EVERY GOVERNOR!!

Do you really want those terms?

I do!!!

Concerned
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 10:50am

If the Gov. is really concerned about the spread of the virus why didn’t she put a travel restriction fence around the highly contagious areas to protect upper mi and the UP. Must be more concerned about her voting base

More concerned
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 11:23am

This is bridge magazine, not wall magazine. It only takes ONE ignorant idiot to spread the virus to everyone and there are already cases in the UP. So if you want to build walls between yourselves, have at it. Otherwise use some common sense.

George Hagenauer
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 11:21am

Actually in a way she has cut off the more infected southeast counties with the travel restrictions. If those of us in the hot zones felt free to travel anywhere we pleased or take a vacation to the "safer" upper part of Michigan it would be a disaster. The major headache here from the beginning has been the lack of testing due to the lack of supplies. From the beginning folks who know medical data (my daughter is one) has used formulas to estimate actual number of cases and it is far larger than what is recorded which is why the infections numbers will rise as testing in creases but the percent tested who are infected will fall. Other nations with more centralized health care systems can do this a lot better than we can which is why a number are reopening. In terms of letting people be responsible what we saw with the Lansing rally is well a lot won't be . The key here is not getting infected and then killing other people in your family who are vulnerable. The other thing is we don't know the long terms effects of being infected even mildly. The increased number of strokes in younger patients after beating the virus is the most disturbing part of the whole thing. This may not be flu like at all.

Test everyone
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 7:12pm

Many more COVID19 deaths too because they are being under counted.

To George
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 7:29pm

George, you're so right and people have no idea that there is immunity once you've already contracted the virus or any kind of herd immunity that some people dream about. Viruses mutate.

Anonymous
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 12:38pm

There should be very very few people who would fall into the category of they can not medically tolerate wearing at least a basic fabric face mask. Think about it please. Persons who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease should still be able to wear a face mask. Is there really any medical diagnosis that would prevent someone from wearing a face mask?

No kidding
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 4:24pm

Only one Trump Derangement Syndrome, that is an abnormal love of Trump and his daily nonsensical press briefings.

Moderate
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 2:19pm

Having a relative who ultimately died due to COPD, I seriously doubt your statement. Unless you are a specialist in this area, it might be better if you remained silent rather than potentially shaming someone into wearing a mask when it could endanger their life.

butch krumenaker
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 12:54pm

Thank God the world is saved......they opened lawnscaping ! Where would we be without......Thank God Again !

They are lame
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 4:29pm

Yeah, who even has money to pay for landscapers??? Most of us are struggling to get by. "Let them landscape!"

I know, everyone is going to cry about poor grandma's lawn is too high. Give me a break! Grandma would rather you cut her lawn and visit her, instead of using her as a political tool. Grandma would also prefer you not spread your germs so she can stay off a ventilator. That's how you respect grandma.

Hey Butch
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 5:03pm

It is a big deal to some people Butch. Should my 82 year old mother get out there and push a mower around? The bottoms line is this, the curve has been flattened, time to get back to work.

Hey doesn't care
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 7:46pm

See, there you go: YOU should mow your mother's lawn, you ingrate. She birthed you. Your last sentence says it all. You don't really have a grandmother in need. You just used grandmothers as political pawns for your death agenda. You want to open the economy only so death rate will increase because you want to blame Whitmer. Well, Whitmer has been doing great and she will do what the other regional governors do, Republicans and Democrats.

butch krumenaker
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 12:56pm

Thank God I can now get my lawn mowed ! And yes, this ,is a sarcastic remark ! I hope they all stay safe and healthy !

Noooooooo
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 4:32pm

I was happy before because the city ordinance officers were not giving citations for grass being too high. Now while struggling to pay for food, I have to find money to pay for gas for my lawnmower! When it rains, it pours.

middle of the mit
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 9:39pm

When have you ever had to pay less than a dollar to fill up your push lawnmower?

Me thinks you are a flabbergastor!

And is your grass even growing yet? Mine hasn't barely begun to green. Let alone being needed to mow.

You do realize what State you are in, don't you?

you first
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 10:46am

Sure would be interesting if people had to print actual names and addresses to go along with the political bias and name calling. Or maybe even make a point instead of belittling those who have the guts to print theirs. Regarding our Gov's use of her power. Perhaps nominate someone more electable next time instead of one who is well known only to West siders . You have only yourselves and poor reasoning to blame for her. Everyone by now knows that this is what her ideology does with power. Remember when it counts most or keep on writing and see how much your opinion accomplishes for you.

Mom in Birmingham
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 7:15pm

Those are odd things to say because her approval ratings are great and Trump, well, that disinfectant suggestion really makes Moms like me worry.

Geoffrey Owen
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 1:20pm

The Governor is doing a good job. But the relaxation of rules has turned the loonies loose. I have been living up North since the isolation began as my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter took over my apartment for their isolation from Brooklyn, NY. Whitmer's relaxation of the rules resulted in an immediate tripling of traffic north and no one is wearing a mask. I Stopped in to pickup a called in meal at a small restaurant and store and in 5 mnutes saw 2 people with masks and 12 people without. Back to cooking my own meals. The virus will win because we are just too stupid to take it serious.

duane
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 6:35pm

It does seem the protests were beneficial, encouraging the Governor to return to her 'experts' and ask them about the risks associate with such things as the boating, the in store shopping, the travel to remote cabins, out door work activities.
I hope she has these try reviews weekly with her 'experts' both evaluating the practices of the previous week [have Michigander proven themselves] and can other activities be added to the allowed list [one commenter has mentioned building trades] with scheduling of the individual trades working different days would seem to be a methods to prove how responsible they are and continue the phasing in of our economy.

Voice of Reason
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 7:26pm

What do you think about president Trump asking his experts to investigate using bleach, disinfectants, and bright light injections into human bodies to cure COVID19 because those things work on outside surfaces? Still believe him when he says he's a stable genius? Even you would have to agree that those are bad and dangerous ideas, that even if they merited consideration, should have been vetted before spouting them to the general public, right? Trump seems to be our first mentally impaired president; just saying, the 25th Amendment has never been more discussed.

duane
Mon, 04/27/2020 - 1:51pm

Voice,
Listening to what was said at news conference and what the President’s comments were reminds me of when I was part of a team in situations confronting problems that were new and extremely difficult to find solutions to. After trying all of the ideas team members had used in previous situations we began looking for new and fresh ideas to build solutions on. One such proven method is to draw on different perspectives to open up new approaches in each team member’s thinking. As an example; when someone offers the idea of uv light killing a virus, that can open someone else’ mind to the idea of other things that can kill the virus, what other means to put the virus killer in contact with the virus, what other combinations of ‘killer’ and contact are possible, and the best way to start that conversation is begin at the extremes and work your way back to the possible even though highly doubtful.
The President didn’t say ‘inject bleach’ he was wondering about means to kill the virus and whether it could be put into the body. We know that uv light emitting diodes are being put into the breathing incubation tube [within the body] to kill off bacteria and other microbes, that sounds like putting a virus killer inside the body, so how extreme is the President’s question. What if you can replace the uv or chlorine [the killer chemical in bleach] with antiviral medication and injection it into the body? If you’re dealing with a difficult problem without a solution, you begin pushing the extremes of idea, I would say that is what the President is dealing with and he is looking for idea yet to be tried [extreme thinking].
I don’t fear ideas, so to say an idea is bad when the expectations are for the ideas to be discussed/challenged/transformed on the path to a solution, I think that is misunderstanding the conversation. Presenting an idea as a question is the most obvious way to open a discussion and encourage the idea to be morphed into something useable.
Obviously, I am a proponent of using diversity of perspective to push thinking to the extremes when the problem is severe and the need is for a unique doable plan. From what I heard from the President during that public exchange leaves me with the impression that he fosters an environment that is open discussions and supportive of diversity of thinking.

My concern when I hear the 25th Amendment raise, I think of Biden with Hillary as his VP [that case would seem much easier to make, especially with 'loyal' Democrats surrounding Biden after the election].

Anonymous
Sat, 05/02/2020 - 10:04pm

Live television to the entire nation isn’t the best venue for pushing the envelope with extreme ideas. Leave that kind of “pondering” for closed door meetings. The President should think about consequences before he speaks.

Peg
Wed, 05/06/2020 - 9:34am

Thank you. Your explanation was excellent. So many people just don’t get it.

middle of the mit
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 9:49pm

duane!!!!

Yes! The purveyor of Truth or is it "perception"?

I never know with you.

So duane, when this hits in the hinterlands, I would like to know one thing and one thing only.

Do you think the conservatives are going to take responsibility when it takes hold up here after they protested and the Governor caved?

Ha ha ha ha ha!!

You will still blame her for not closing down the metro area. How do I know?

Who else are you going to have to blame for the actions you wanted?

Do you still perceive 1+1=2?

Is it true? Or is truth whatever you "perceive it to be"?

duane
Mon, 04/27/2020 - 2:05pm

middle,
I think the protests have already proven effective, just read how she has modified the restrictions in her latest proclamation. It is almost as if the protests were the first time the Governor heard the concerns the protestors were raising and she decide there was sense to their thinking
If she draws the public in and asks for their input on potential actions, I think she would be showing she can learn and adjust, this would help become a more successful Governor. An obvious test will be if she includes the public in fixing the 'damn' roads.

Time and again I tell you, I don't blame people, because that usually masks what needs to be done to prevent whatever other want to blame on others. How many times do I talk about actions, and how rare [if ever I make a comment that places blame on someone].

Roger Perkins
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 8:43am

I appreciate our Governor taking the high road and being extra cautious. The greater good is at stake. . .not my personal preferences.

royatannarbor
Mon, 04/27/2020 - 10:42am

Has anyone suggested that residential construction could easily be opened up with a 4 - 6 person occupancy.
Car washes of all sorts are minimal contact and would be minimal risk.

Anonymous
Mon, 04/27/2020 - 3:52pm

Continuing the lock down policies will now cause more deaths than it will save. The research on this is conclusive. The rise in suicides, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse that will result from the economic devastation of the Governor's policies will combine with lowered vaccination rates, less cancer screenings, and less preventive medicine. This storm of death that the Governor is unleashing by shutting down the economy will be far larger than those deaths resulting from the virus.

Bobby Joe
Mon, 04/27/2020 - 10:04pm

I assume you're referring to all those studies and news stories that have been coming out that show these facts? I hadn't thought of this before- you may indeed be right- maybe more are going to be killed by the ban than saved by it. That's be twisted.

Michele Smith
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 9:30am

The orders for stay at home are confusing when airlines are still landing in our hot spots and no government oversee...NY flights into Detroit..does not make sense to me, continue to let others in from hot spots. Now wants to extend quarantine another 28 days?....Is this just a way for the governor to get her 70 to72 days she originally wanted, hate to say it, political...what a shame.

Randall Hart
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 3:33pm

Nothing but a dictator, time for recall. Has done nothing but void our constitutional rights without due process.