[Ed. – Things are about to turn ugly in Michigan.]
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed an executive order to extend the state’s stay-at-home order through the end of May for nonessential workers while allowing for manufacturing workers to resume work next week.
Whitmer’s executive order comes a day after state lawmakers filed a lawsuit to compel her to reopen the economy following her extension of the state’s coronavirus emergency declaration. The lawsuit capped off weeks of protests that featured armed demonstrators at the state Capitol.
Despite frustration over an economy in freefall, the Democratic governor cautioned that Michigan is “not out of the woods yet, but this is an important step forward on our MI Safe Start plan to re-engage our economy safely and responsibly.”
“As we continue to phase in sectors of our economy, I will keep working … to ensure our businesses adopt best practices to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19,” she said.