Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer clung to her COVID power Thursday; refusing to fully re-open the state for another 42 days despite plunging rates of new infections and fatalities related to the virus.
“The governor and state health officials have laid out a path for lifting COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan, and that is a tribute to the sacrifice of people and the willingness of so many to get vaccinated,” the Michigan State Medical Society said in a Thursday statement. “But let this be clear: We still need to do more when it comes to vaccinations. While our numbers have slowed, we need to continue our progress in order to protect people and further our move back to normal.”
“Outdoor capacity limits will be lifted June 1, when indoor capacity limits will also be raised to 50%. Indoor capacity limits and the state’s broad mask mandate will be fully lifted July 1 for those who received the vaccine unless unforeseen circumstances occur. The state previously planned to tie restriction changes to vaccination rates,” writes the Washington Examiner.
Michigan indoor capacity limit and mask mandate will fully lift July 1 https://t.co/H7iWgfhP4S
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 20, 2021
Roughly 45% of all US adults have been fully vaccinated from the disease, and more than 60% have received at least one injection of the medication.
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NEVER MIND: Michigan Gov Gretchen ‘Lockdown’ Whitmer Joins Protesters, Chants ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!’
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer -who just days ago mandated her statewide ‘Stay at Home’ order- joined protesters on the streets of Detroit; chanting “hands up, don’t shoot” while violating her own social distancing guidelines.
.@GovWhitmer @LtGovGilchrist and Bishop Charles Ellis lead a group of marchers in Detroit honoring the life of #GeorgeFloyd. Marchers call out "hands up, don't shoot!" @wxyzdetroit @ABC pic.twitter.com/ExR28L3dIm
— Jenn Schanz (@JennSchanzWXYZ) June 4, 2020
Whitmer extended her state’s ‘Stay at Home’ order until at least June 12th; prompting a fierce backlash from the business community clamoring to get back to work during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“While the data shows that we are making progress, we are not out of the woods yet,” the governor said in a news release. “If we’re going to lower the chance of a second wave and continue to protect our neighbors and loved ones from the spread of this virus, we must continue to do our part by staying safer at home. If we open too soon, thousands more could die and our hospitals will get overwhelmed. While we ﬁnally have more protective equipment like masks, we can’t run the risk of running low again.”
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defended the strictness of her state's lockdown in an interview with #AxiosOnHBO saying it was necessary — despite the protests that have drawn national attention — because of how quickly the state's cases were rising.https://t.co/4wU0PG7GHi
— Axios (@axios) May 26, 2020
“I’m never going to apologize for the fact that because there was a vacuum of leadership at the federal level, we had to take action to save people here in Michigan,” Whitmer added. “It has not come without a cost. I recognize that. I know a lot of people are stressed about the job they lost or the business that might not open. But there’s also over 5,000 families that are mourning the loss of a loved one.”
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NEW QUESTIONS: Whitmer Grilled Over Trip to FL in March After Placing Michigan Under Lockdown
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer faced new questions this week surrounding her trip to Florida during Spring Break despite placing the state under strict lockdown orders to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“Whitmer has previously faced scrutiny over the March trip, which she initially lied about taking, and which came after she had cautioned Michigan residents against traveling out of state due to coronavirus concerns,” reports Fox News.
“The Detroit Free Press raised new questions for Whitmer on Monday when the outlet published a report revealing Air Eagle, LLP – the air travel company that Whitmer chartered to visit her father in Florida – was not authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to give charter flights,” adds Fox.
“This new bombshell that Whitmer’s plane was not authorized to fly is concerning, yet not surprising,” said Michigan Republican Party communications director Ted Goodman. “For Whitmer, it’s always been, rules for thee, but not for me.”
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