Three days after the Michigan State Supreme Court ruled Governor Whitmer’s recent executive order unconstitutional, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services reinstated all the laws included in the governer’s controversial executive order. Yesterday, Whitmer posted a video on Twitter in which she responded to the Supreme Court verdict.
“I want to make clear today’s order is lawful under the Michigan supreme decision.”
“We are tired of the virus, but the virus is not tired of us.”
COVID-19 didn’t stop being a threat because of the court ruling, because we’re tired of it, or because the legislature left town. We all have to do our part, because when it comes to fighting this virus, we are all in this together. pic.twitter.com/5LQwXO9UYi
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) October 6, 2020
Here’s Sierra Searcy, a news anchor in Northern Michigan, breaking down the Department of Health’s statement:
The Michigan health department has ordered for most Michiganders to continue to wear a mask.
Not wearing a mask can cost you a $1,000 fine or even land you 6 months in jail. pic.twitter.com/9ckOF9QDjU
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— Sierra Searcy (@SierraSearcyTV) October 6, 2020
- At indoor or outdoor gatherings, masks must still be worn.
- Wearing a mask must still be enforced by businesses and government offices, and schools
- Only Region 6 is exempt.
- And just as before, the size of indoor gatherings will be limited.
And of course, the order is effective immediately.
Today, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer that she will be extending the state of emergency through Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m. This comes a day before the state of emergency was set to expire. Now six going on seven months later, non-essential business still remain closed to the people of Michigan.
Before her emergency declaration extension today, Whitmer gave the green light for gyms to reopen on September 9 and contact sports to resume, under strict COVID safety measure of course. However, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and other social businesses were not included in Executive Order 2020-177. This new executive order will give the state of Michigan the ability to mobilize resources and take the necessary steps to protect the people of Michigan. Whitmer’s official statement to the public:
Just yesterday the Michigan Board of State Canvassers approved two recall petitions that seek to drive Democrat governor Gretchen Whitmer out of office. According to activists Michael Garabelli and James Makowski these recall petitions were created because of Whitmer’s abuse of power. Whitmer put Michigan in a ‘shelter in place’ lockdown that prevented some medical procedures in the state, and Whitmer’s rejection of facemasks from Former Republican Michigan Congressman Kerry Bentivolio, as reported by the National File. If the petitions reach a million signatures these activists will have the ability to force her out of office.