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Gov. Whitmer announces stay-at-home order for Michigan residents

Posted at 8:19 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 17:52:41-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a stay-at-home order for the state of Michigan through at least April 13.

All Michigan business and operations are ordered to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.

RELATED: Read the full stay-at-home executive order signed by Gov. Whitmer

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 24, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their homes and residences under very limited circumstance and must adhere to social distancing rules.

Read a Q&A from the governor's office here about what can stay open or what must close

“In just 13 days, we’ve gone from 0 to over 1,000 COVID-19 cases,” Whitmer said in a press release. “This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.”

The executive order prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations.

Michigan will join several other states who have already put in place stay-at-home orders, including Ohio, which announced one on Sunday.

View the full executive order below:

Gov. Whitmer announces stay-at-home order by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd

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