State and Local officials release statements regarding Governor Whitmer’s “stay-at-home” order for the State of Michigan. This order will go into effect on March 24 at 12:01 AM. The announcement is the most recent and restrictive order given by the Governor in efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan.
Wayne County Executive Warren Evans:
“Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer made a difficult but extremely necessary decision to order all non-essential businesses closed and Michigan’s residents to stay safe in their homes. We are all impacted by the spread of COVID-19 and, together, we will take the steps needed to protect our families and communities. This order will create immediate hardships for everyone, but especially our business owners and their employees.
Many Wayne County residents are already working remotely from home while our first responders and healthcare professionals remain on the front lines in our battle to slow the spread of this virus. Here at the County, my team is quickly prioritizing essential government services that will allow county government to function during this difficult period.
This weekend I charged my economic development team to explore any and all ways to help our Wayne County businesses impacted by these shutdowns. I expect to announce later this week new Wayne County initiatives that will provide immediate assistance to our business community.
These are difficult and unprecedented times. The weeks ahead will be hard on all of us. We all need to step up and do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home. Practice social distancing. Only go out only for essential items like food and medical care. Check on our vulnerable family members and neighbors. We will get through this together.”
Oakland County Executive David Coulter:
“I applaud Gov. Whitmer for taking the bold but necessary action to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities through her executive order. This is our time, and we must meet this challenge with determination, humanity, and grace. We’re all in this together and each must do his or her part to stabilize our healthcare system and halt the transmission of the coronavirus.
“After we get through this public health crisis, we likely will be faced with an economic one. Oakland County is already working on plans to assist businesses and employees and we want to assure them we will provide all the resources we can to help them get back on their feet.”
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI-13):
“In just a short time period, the state of Michigan has gone from having zero people with COVID-19 to now more than 1,200, including 15 people who have unfortunately lost their lives to this disease. This bold action by Governor Whitmer is the right precaution to take to keep residents safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We all need to ensure we are doing everything we personally can to help control this pandemic.
“Governor Whitmer is also right about the state needing more resources from the federal government. The Trump Administration must ramp up efforts to get personal protection equipment to states. I will continue to work hard in Congress to lift up the concerns of our state government, as well as the needs of communities in Wayne County and the 13th Congressional District.”
Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09):
“From the start of this crisis, Governor Whitmer has been strong and steady. She has often been among the first governors to see what was coming and to take action, but she has insisted on taking each step based on the evidence and the best medical advice. Epidemiologists are clear that we have reached a point where we Michiganders must limit any and all contact just as much as we possibly can to stem community spread of COVID-19. I fully support Governor Whitmer’s action and encourage all Michiganders to stay out of circulation. Ironically, our love for each other requires us to stay apart, for now.”
Executive Order 2020-21 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. Businesses and operations are to designate the workers that meet those criteria and must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons in the performance of that necessary in-person work.