Stay-at-home order tightens restrictions on stores, no exceptions for golf courses, construction and landscaping
By Emma Palova
Food and medicine will be the only commodities for box stores left to sell, according to the extended stay-at-home order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Only four customers per 1,000 square feet are allowed with social distancing markings. Only one person from the household should be running the errands.
“We have to double down to save lives, “ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.
All private and public gatherings are prohibited, although recreational activities are permitted within the social distancing limitations.
As of today, Michigan has had 1,076 positive Coronavirus cases and 117 deaths.
Michigan is expected to reach peak in the Coronavirus cases this weak, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Guard turned the Suburban Collection showplace into a field hospital in Detroit. The USDA will provide snack benefits for kids who were taking reduced cost lunches at school when it was session. This aid translates into $193 per child per month.
Whitmer said the state is now fighting two crisis: health and economic.
“We are in control of our fate,” Whitmer said. “The numbers represent people’s lives. If we all take this crisis seriously, we will come out of it robustly.
“This has been a hard month. This virus is holding a mirror to our society and its inequities.”
Whitmer referred to the fact that people of color have been hit the hardest with 40 percent of Afro-American deaths.
“We will come out of this having learned something, as we recover from COVID-19,” she said. “We will be working on long term solutions. It is time to intensify our efforts.”
According to Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, it is necessary to double down to slow the spread of the disease, while building up the hospital capacity. However more medical professions are needed mainly respiratory therapists and registered nurses.
“This disease is incredibly deadly,” Whitmer said. “Any exceptions would make it porous. Landscaping and golf courses are not critical infrastructure.”
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