Whitmer extends stay-home order through May 15, eases rules

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Posted at 9:43 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 18:22:34-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has lengthened her stay-at-home order through May 15.

The new order will require people to wear homemade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces.

It will also lift some restrictions on outdoor activities and allow some workers who perform previously suspended activities to go back to work.

“Data shows that most Michiganders are doing their part by staying home and staying safe. That’s good, but we must keep it up. Social distancing is our best weapon to defeat this enemy,” Whitmer said. “With new COVID-19 cases leveling off, however, we are lifting some of the restrictions put in place in the previous order. I want to be crystal clear: the overarching message today is still the same. We must all do our part by staying home and staying safe as much as possible.”

The order will also require employers to provide at least cloth face coverings to their employees. Per Whitmer, people won't have to wear face coverings when they're taking a walk in the neighborhood, but when they go to the grocery store, they should be wearing one. No one will be subject to criminal penalty for going without a mask.

Additionally, landscapers, lawn-service companies, and nurseries can return to work, subject to strict social distancing. Retailers that do not sell necessary supplies may reopen for curbside pick-up and for delivery. Big box stores can reopen “closed areas,” like garden centers. And bike repair and maintenance can come back online.

The order will also allow motorized boating and golf, but no golf carts, consistent with sound social distancing. It will also permit individuals to travel between their residences, though traveling during the epidemic is still strongly discouraged.

The new executive order takes effect immediately.

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