Traveling to another home within Michigan, even to visit friends or relatives, or to go to a vacation home, is now banned under Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus stay-at-home order, which has been extended until May 1.
“Michigan has the third-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, and we’re still on the upswing,” Whitmer said in a statement.” We must continue to do everything we can to slow the spread and protect our families.”
Some exceptions to the order — which takes effect Saturday — are caring for a relative or their pet, a child, an elderly or disabled person, visiting someone in a health care facility, or attending a funeral with fewer than 10 people, Fox News reports.
Whitmer’s order to extend the stay-at-home period also means that large stores must limit the number of people in the store at a time to no more than four customers for every 1,000 square feet of customer floor space.
In smaller stores, businesses must limit capacity to 25 percent, including employees.
According to Whitmer’s order, large stores must now close areas dedicated to furniture, carpeting, plant nurseries, paint, and garden centers.
“If you’re not buying food or medicine or other essential items, you should not be going to the store,” the governor said.
At the Federal level they refuse to put into place anything more than suggestions for peoples safety. it has opened the door to states to implement their own executive orders and regulations for the emergency pandemic. In doing so, it has allowed peoples freedoms to be trampled on and destroyed especially in Michigan.
The last day residents can travel freely between their homes is April 10. “After that date, travel between two residences is not permitted,” Whitmer’s executive order reads.
Whitmer originally set violations of her order as a criminal misdemeanor, which carries penalties of up to a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services later issued a civil penalty of $1,000 for violating Whitmer’s order.
The new provision – which stands as one of the most extreme measures in the nation – was part of Whitmer’s extension of the general statewide stay-at-home order to April 30. Her order was previously set to expire April 13. Mighty Michigan
Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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