Michigan residents are calling Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) new restrictive stay-at-home measures into question as the state reckons with mounting coronavirus cases.
The new stay-at-home mandate, which Whitmer signed last week, includes prohibiting state residents to travel to in-state vacation homes, closing store areas that sell goods like carpets, flooring, furniture, garden centers and paint, prohibiting the advertising of goods that “are not groceries, medical supplies, or items that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and basic operation of residences,” among other restrictions.
NBC News reports that conservative Michiganders feel that Whitmer’s new restrictions violate their constitutional rights. A petition directed to the Michigan State House on Change.org titled “Recall Governor Whitner” has been circulating and received 225,714 signatures as of this writing.
Simultaneously, a Facebook group called “Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine” appeared, who published an open letter to Gov. Whitmer.
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“Instead of needlessly shutting down large sectors of the economy and further restricting the lives of residents, we believe amending Executive Order 2020-42 can achieve our shared goal of protecting public health while also beginning the slow process of resuscitating our economy,” the letter, signed by six Michigan Representatives in Congress, concluded.
According to NBC reporting, Whitmer said the decision is aimed at flattening Michigan’s case number curve. The restrictions are designed to prevent transmission within crowded stores and limiting travel outside the home.
She also understands the feelings of frustration at new limitations.
“There's nobody who'd rather be able to push a button and just return to life as normal," Whitmer said. "But no button exists in this environment."
This clash comes as President Trump recently called the autonomy of state governors into question, telling reporters during a press conference that the federal government has the “authority” to dictate when businesses and other institutions can reopen, and thereby when stay-at-home mandates can be lifted.
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