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Politics Michigan Gov. Whitmer facing backlash for stay-at-home order

19:00  13 april  2020
19:00  13 april  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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Michigan Gov . Gretchen Whitmer is facing backlash following an expansion to her state's stay - at - home order that prohibits not just public gatherings, but private ones as well -- regardless of size or family ties -- in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Whitmer ’s order says residents are The order 's restrictions on stores led Whitmer to issue a clarification document that explains – among other things – that residents can still purchase car seats for their children. GOP State Rep. Michele Hoitenga posted on Facebook that Whitmer was going to “radical extremes" with her order , adding in

Michigan Gov . Gretchen Whitmer moved to further restrict travel and the purchasing of certain goods deemed nonessential. It caused an uproar. DETROIT — Michigan Gov . Gretchen Whitmer signed one of the most restrictive stay - at - home orders in the country late last week in hopes of containing the coronavirus outbreak in her state — one of the hardest hit. The backlash has been immense. Michiganders, many from the more conservative areas of the state, believe Whitmer 's latest order went too far.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is facing backlash following an expansion to her state's stay-at-home order that prohibits not just public gatherings, but private ones as well -- regardless of size or family ties -- in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Whitmer’s order says residents are now prohibited from visiting family or friends, with exceptions for providing care, as the state currently has the third-highest number of COVID-19 cases with upwards of 21,000.

"[A]ll public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons not part of a single household are prohibited," the order says. It also places restrictions on what types of businesses may operate and in what capacity, leading to criticism of the Democratic governor from state lawmakers.

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Michigan Gov . Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended her stay - at - home order through May 15 while relaxing restrictions so some businesses can reopen and the public can participate in more outdoor activities like golf and motorized boating.

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“OUR Governor IS DESTROYING OUR HEALTH BY KILLING OUR LIVELIHOODS!” Republican State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey posted on Facebook, repeating the statement two more times in the same post “because I am obsessed with making sure everyone understands what’s happening.”

State House Speaker Lee Chatfield criticized the decision-making on which businesses were considered essential and which were not. Chatfield noted that liquor, marijuana, and lottery sales were still permitted, while lawn care, construction, and realtor services were restricted.

“Let’s be safe & reasonable. Right now, we’re not!” Chatfield tweeted.

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Michigan Gov . Gretchen Whitmer , who faced backlash for her strict stay - at - home mandate, on Friday extended the order until May 15 but eased some restrictions on public activities as the state's coronavirus cases stabilize. "But it depends on you," Whitmer , a Democrat, said during her daily briefing. "If we continue to see our numbers decline, we can responsibly consider additional steps we can take. If we see an increase, we may have to be nimble enough to go backward, on occasion." Michigan has had nearly 3,000 deaths and more than 35,000 cases related to the coronavirus

Whitmer ’s first stay - at - home order , issued to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) was in effect through the end of April. It was extended until May 15, and on Thursday, she put it in line with her current state of emergency. " Gov . Whitmer has at all times been inclusive and focused on building consensus to do what is right for the health and safety of UAW members and all of Michigan ’s working men and women. The UAW will continue to have dialogue and aggressively pursue all avenues over the health and safety of our members, their families and their communities as we cautiously go into our

The order's restrictions on stores led Whitmer to issue a clarification document that explains – among other things – that residents can still purchase car seats for their children.

GOP State Rep. Michele Hoitenga posted on Facebook that Whitmer was going to “radical extremes" with her order, adding in a comment that she is “highly concerned about the mental health toll this is taking on everyone.”

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State officials are not the only ones calling out Whitmer for supposedly going too far. Michigan congressman Justin Amash tweeted that the governor should “immediately reassess” the order, claiming it “goes too far and will erode confidence in her leadership.”

On top of the criticism from political figures, an online petition for Whitmer to be recalled has garnered more than 150,000 signatures.

Earlier this month, a local newspaper slammed Whitmer for engaging in a political feud with President Trump instead of focusing solely on the crisis. Trump has also faced criticism for tensions with the governor.

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The stay - at - home order is set to expire at the same time as the state of emergency order , which was extended last week. Here is a look at five things you should know regarding the newly signed order . You still cannot gather with people outside of your home. While manufacturing and other industries Use disinfecting wipes or disinfecting spray cleaners on frequently-touched surfaces in your home (door handles, faucets, countertops) and carry hand sanitizer with you when you go into places like stores. Michigan Gov . Gretchen Whitmer has also issued an executive order requiring people to wear face

Michigan Gov . Gretchen Whitmer announced she would begin reopening parts of the state’s economy on Friday — the decision coming amid armed protests outside her home and the threat of a mutiny by state lawmakers. Whitmer signed a new executive order extending the Wolverine State’s stay - home order by another two weeks until May 15, but eased some other restrictions, which have been met “The new executive order will allow some workers who perform lower-risk activities to go back on the job,” Whitmer said at a Friday morning press conference, including occupations such as landscaping.

“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer must send an unequivocal message to her constituents that Michigan is her priority in this hour of crisis,” a Detroit News editorial said. “Her running feud with President Donald Trump calls into question whether she's acting in the best interests of this state, or on behalf of the Democratic Party.”

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Whitmer stood behind the order while offering words of encouragement.

“We are living in a difficult time, & the unknown is scary. But I do know that we must remain steady,” she tweeted over the weekend. “We can’t allow fear or panic to guide us. The lives of Michiganders are at stake. We must stay the course to save lives. Stay steady. We’re going to get through this together.”

On Monday afternoon, however, the governor and other state officials are expected to provide an update to her administration’s response to the pandemic at a press conference. This comes a day after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported a “reduced number” of new cases Sunday. The department noted, however, that this may not necessarily be indicative of “a true decline in COVID-19 cases and deaths in our state.”

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