South Haven, Michigan stores on Phoenix Street were “bustling” with customers on Saturday, according to local news WWMT:
One shopper said she was shocked by the “business as usual” atmosphere: “We were kind of shocked when we got down here. We thought it would be a little less busy. But there’s a lot of people walking around with no masks, and it kind of seems like it’s business as usual.”
The “tourist town” has been hit hard by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s lockdown order forcing businesses in the state to remain shuttered for months due to the coronavirus crisis.
Pretty much every shop on South Haven's Phoenix Avenue is open for business. One owner tells me they all decided together to open. Consensus was risk of blow back for violating executive order worth keeping businesses alive. @wwmtnews pic.twitter.com/aKqG7SNPGe
— Sam Knef (@SamKnefTV) May 23, 2020
Stephanie Nowak-Tippy, whose family owns Nature’s Country Cupboard, explained how everyone in the town came together to reopen:
“The city and the police department, the chamber, and all the local businesses, we kind of got together to find out how we could start the process of reopening while keeping everybody safe. We are in a tourist town, and a lot of businesses down here, they need that revenue from other customers, and so this has definitely put a little damper on business.”
Nowak-Tippy said that businesses are worried about being fined $1,000 for reopening but that some businesses are “struggling” to stay afloat:
“Business owners, they are worried about that…I mean we’re just trying to all hang in there. And we had a few businesses, that, you know, we’re really struggling, so hopefully, this will help give them a little boost.”
Governor Whitmer extended her lockdown order until June 12th saying “we’re not out of the woods” with the coronavirus crisis even though cases have decreased:
MLive is reporting Governor Whitmer just signed two executive orders today to continue various emergency mandates, including the stay-home order, to June 12, and Michigan’s state of emergency to June 19. The orders will keep theaters, gyms, salons, and casinos closed.
Michigan’s Kent County reported 86 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, followed by Wayne County with 64, and Macomb and Ottawa counties with 25 each. Oakland County reported just six new coronavirus cases Friday. Even though coronavirus cases have declined, Whitmer says the state of Michigan isn’t “out of the woods.”
Tucker Carlson discussed disastrous lockdowns:
In a news release today, Whitmer claimed she’s worried about opening too soon:
“While the data shows that we are making progress, we are not out of the woods yet. If we’re going to lower the chance of a second wave and continue to protect our neighbors and loved ones from the spread of this virus, we must continue to do our part by staying safer at home. If we open too soon, thousands more could die and our hospitals will get overwhelmed. While we ﬁnally have more protective equipment like masks, we can’t run the risk of running low again.”
For anyone in Michigan who doubts all businesses should open, please look at other states that have opened completely. The state of Georgia is open and thriving. Hair salons are open and jam-packed but with the new coronavirus protections. The bottom line is the governor of Michigan is wrong about keeping struggling businesses shut down.