Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan said Wednesday she expects a short-term extension will be coming to the stay at home order set to expire at the end of April.
Her order is one of the strictest in the nation and has sparked criticism from conservatives over some of the eccentric rules.
Fox2 reports Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said during a press conference on Wednesday that she expects a short-term extension to the Stay Home, Stay Safe order will be necessary, which is currently set to expire at the end of April.
Gov. Whitmer made that announcement during a Wednesday press conference from Lansing and was be joined by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun and Dr. Marisa Eisenberg from the University of Michigan Department of Epidemiology.
Whitmer said there are reasons for cautious optimism in Michigan’s fight against COVID-19 but said it would be necessary to extend the stay home order.
“I want to be clear. we will likely need another short-term extension of the stay home, stay safe order,” Whitmer said.
She said when we do start to re-engage, the state would need to take necessary steps to prevent a second wave. She said she expects to release more details about her plan on Friday, April 24.
“We all recognize that a second wave would be devastating to our state, to our people, to our economy,” Whitmer said. “It’s not all going to happen overnight. We’ll need an extension of some sort. We know even when we get to a stable moment even people who are compromised, vulnerable, will still need to stay at home. And so some version will be in effect for a while. We’re seeing a trend where our numbers look pretty good. We still need to do more robust testing…but we see these signs and know that perhaps we can start to take some small steps forward.”
She also said that she hopes to loosen restrictions, based on facts and data presented to her by medical experts.
“The data that we’ve seen in the past week has led me to believe that it’s time to reevaluate the stay home, stay safe order,” Whitmer said.
Whitmer took questions after the press conference and said the state would need to evaluate the right way to reengage the economy and said some version of the Stay Home order would be in place ‘for a while’. She said that means, for the near future, it would not be safe for the vulnerable people to be out in public.