Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will reopen construction in Michigan on May 7

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Posted at 10:11 AM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 11:22:41-04

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer will allow residential and commercial construction crews back to work by May 7 as part of her plan to restart the Michigan economy during the coronavirus pandemic

Whitmer said Monday she would soon allow construction to restart in Michigan if coronavirus hospitalizations continue to drop and testing rises.

“I would anticipate in the coming days if our trajectory of hospitalizations continues to go down and our ability to test continues to go up that we will go into the next low-risk category,” she said. “That might include some construction, for instance. That might include some additional outdoor enterprises.”

On Friday, Whitmer extended and loosened what she said was among the country’s strictest stay-at-home orders, letting businesses such as lawn-care companies reopen and people with multiple homes again travel between them. The measure is in effect through May 15.

Starting Monday, people had to wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces such as grocery stores. All businesses and operations with in-person workers were required to give them a non-medical grade mask.

In an interview with 7 Action News, Whitmer noted that officials are going to have to measure every step of the way in order to reopen sectors of the economy.

"As we reengage a sector of our economy, we've got to watch and make sure we don't have another increase in cases," she said.

She said the state cannot put a hard and fast timeline on re-opening the economy.

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