On March 23rd, Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, announced a stay-at-home order to keep the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading. This order came into effect the following day. Whitmer’s original order was set to end on April 13th. Due to the quick spread of the virus, the governor announced that the order was extended through April 30th.
The new quarantine order is more strict, which will help to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases. Public and private gatherings have been prohibited temporarily and businesses also have been prohibited from requiring non-essential workers to going to work. Residents can still leave to get groceries and other essential items, but it is recommended that the number of people in the household that do run those errands are limited. Stores are also being required to limit the number of people in the store at a time; no more than four people within a 1,000 square foot of customer floor space. Smaller stores reduced their capacity to 25 percent of the normally allowed; the number includes workers. The stores are also only allowing the customers to buy essential items, which means: clothing, gardening, furniture, etc is all off-limits.
Although the order is set to end May 1st, Governor Whitmer says, “It will take time to safely and responsibly re-open the economy.”