Gov. Whitmer hopes to resume gatherings of 10 people or less 'pretty quickly'

Posted at 2:32 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 14:32:40-04

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she hopes to resume gatherings of 10 people or less "pretty quickly" in an interview with 7 Action News.

The governor said her goal is to make sure the state is back in a position of "some normalcy." Having gatherings of 10 or less falls under the next phase of the MI Safe Start Plan, and the governor said she is hopeful that we can move into the next phase quickly.

However, Whitmer said the state needs to continue to monitor positive cases.

She noted that officials have to do the due diligence of knowing where the cases are coming from.

"Are they all in one nursing home or one place of employment? That matters," she said.

She said randomly scattered cases are more concerning because it's indicative of community spread.

"If it's all in one place, that's different," she said. "You have to have context."

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