VIDEO: Gov. Whitmer encourages Michiganders to stay safe over holiday weekend

Posted at 12:56 PM, Nov 24, 2020

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer encouraged Michiganders to stay safe on Thanksgiving and over the holiday weekend.

In a video, she asked Michiganders to wear a mask, practice safe physical distancing, wash hands frequently and follow the new Michigan Department of Health and Human Services epidemic order.

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“Thanksgiving is about taking time to appreciate the things around us as well as give to others," she said. "This year in particular, I am thankful for our frontline workers in our hospitals, child care centers, grocery stores, and everyone else who put their lives on the line to protect our families from COVID-19. As the weather gets colder and as cases continue to skyrocket, we must do everything we can to protect these heroes on the front lines,” said Governor Whitmer. “We all have a role to play to keep our family, friends, neighbors, and frontline workers safe. I know this year will be different, but to protect our families, frontline workers, and small businesses, we must make short-term sacrifices for our long-term health.”

Watch the video below:

Whitmer and state health officials previously announced a "3-Week Pause" aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus. The new order also limits indoor gatherings, where the state says COVID-19 can spread rapidly.

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