Coronavirus

Michigan Gov. Rolls Back Some of State's More Insane Coronavirus Restrictions

The strict stay-at-home order received a great deal of backlash for its more arbitrary prohibitions.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) announced Friday that she is rolling back several of the more arbitrary and contentious restrictions in the state's stay-at-home order.

Whitmer received a steady stream of criticism after announcing the measure on April 9, with people inside and outside the state insisting her orders were overly restrictive and nonsensical. Among the more pilloried provisions was a ban on traveling between any two Michigan residences and a shuttering of lawn care services. It prevented big box stores from selling certain items like paint and plants, meaning establishments like Home Depot had to tape those aisles off from customers. It prohibited the use of motorboats, but it allowed the use of boats without motors.

Four Michigan sheriffs announced in a letter last week that they would not enforce parts of the order, which they said represented a violation of individual rights. "We write today to inform the public for our respective counties of our opposition to some of Governor Whitmer's executive orders," they said. "While we understand her desire to protect the public, we question some restrictions that she has imposed as overstepping her executive authority."

After that letter was made public, "Operation Gridlock" saw protesters assemble outside the Michigan Capitol, ditching social-distancing guidelines and throwing caution to the wind. Though many protesters displayed a dangerously blasé attitude toward social distancing measures, it's safe to say that Whitmer overplayed her hand in issuing such dramatic restrictions that simultaneously banned "all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons not part of a single household," but still permitted the sale of lottery tickets.

Although Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order through May 15, all of those measures have been lifted "effective immediately." Residents may go back and forth between residences, as long as they aren't heading to vacation rentals. Landscaping businesses, garden stores, nurseries, and lawn care services are allowed to restart their engines, although they must abide by enhanced social distancing orders that ensure that only the minimum required workers are on the clock at the same time. Big box stores are no longer legally obligated to section off "nonessential" sections. Golfers can return to the course as long as they remain six feet apart.

"We will consider this the preliminary stage for economic re-engagement," Whitmer said at a Friday press conference. "If we continue to see our numbers decline, we can responsibly consider additional steps."

Michigan's COVID-19 cases began to show signs of abating this week, perhaps providing the impetus for Whitmer to reconsider. But the mounting pushback she saw from constituents and leaders in her community also likely proved influential in her decision.

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  1. Rolling back even a millimeter from her over the top draconian restrictions means that she’s obviously a deranged Trumper who just wants old people to die.

    1. I deserve a virus free life! As long as it takes, all the unemployed can take one for the team as our beautiful Latinix princess AOC has suggested. Just seal us in our homes and deposit my Coronabux!

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    2. So…she’s rolling back “some” of the more insane restrictions? Which leaves a fair number of the more insane restrictions in place, and all of the “slightly lesser insane” restrictions.
      Somebody’s standards have really gone to shit.

  2. “While we understand her desire to protect the public,”

    “we also understand her ‘desire to protect the public’.”

  3. Remove tyrannical democrat governors who have destroyed your economies.

    1. Mines a Republican.

      1. Both sides are going to be surprised come November. No, the Libertarians and Greens aren’t going to win, but I predict the Democrats will discover the country isn’t as on board with their shenanigans as they thought, and the Republicans are going to find a lot of incumbents out of a job. No idea how the balance will end up, but it’s not going to favor either party.

        1. Pretty much every incumbent should be sweating bullets right now. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a (figurative) bloodbath on election night.

          1. It’s a good thing you added the “(figurative)” to that, otherwise I was going to write a letter to the attorney general about you.

    2. Open wider, Case of the Mondays.

  4. Among the more pilloried provisions was a ban on traveling between any two Michigan residences and a shuttering of lawn care services.

    Keep the virus guessing.

    1. Hmm. Whatever happened to the pillory?

      1. She lost the election – – – – – –

  5. She’s going to have blood on her hands!

  6. she win the Masters?

    1. She looks like someone clocked her in the head with a 9-iron.

      1. yeah mean screenshot.

      2. She looks like her own deranged SNL impersonator.

  7. Too late, she made herself toxic as a possible Biden running mate.

    1. I disagree. She’s established that she’s a headstrong, iron-willed, independent woman that’s capable of fending off the creepy advances of President Joe Biden.

    2. She was just shoving progress down people’s throats, a la Father Kirkland.

      Given the prevailing wisdom that anyone inhabiting the vast wastelands between NYC and Los Angeles is really just a disposable lawn ornament, this is likely to make Whitmer more, not less, attractive to Team Blue.

      1. Most people welcome the progress.

        The disaffected clingers and right-wing cranks are the outliers.

        1. Does your brand of progress come with lubrication?

        2. She’s still a cunt.

          You’re still retarded.

    3. I don’t think that she was ever the true choice (I feel like Joe will go for the double minority, so either a black woman, or maybe a lesbian woman.), but I think the fact that she’s a party line Democrat willing to take a hit to expand the reach and control of government has won her big points with the party regulars.

  8. Alt-text: Wine for breakfast.

    1. Mimosa! OJ to kill the virus, champagne to kill your tensions.

      1. She’s probably got a box of wine right next to her bed.

      2. OJ’s no murderer. He’ll find the real murderer any day now.

    2. “Wine for breakfast.”

      A Miracle Films production… “If it’s a good film, it’s a Miracle.”

      Think I might’ve read it here before, but “Bruce Jenner: Tyrant Edition,” is good alt-text too. Better surgeon on Whitmer’s part.

    3. Or cider

  9. “If we continue to see our numbers decline, we can responsibly consider additional steps.”

    Does the governor’s approval rate count as one of those numbers?

    1. It’s probably the only one she’s talking about.

  10. https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/04/24/oh-michigan-legislature-calls-special-session-strip-whitmer-emergency-powers/

    In the midst of the continuing spread of the coronavirus in Michigan, the Michigan Legislature has scheduled a special session for Friday to create an oversight committee to examine how Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has responded to the crisis as well as consider bills that would strip the governor of some of her powers.

    The extraordinary move, at a time when Whitmer is looking to extend her stay-at-home order past its May 1 expiration and encouraging all Michiganders to confine themselves to their homes as a way to stop the spread of the coronavirus, is a sign of an escalating rift with Republicans in the Legislature, who are eager to have her reopen the state’s economy. …

    The Senate also will consider a pair of bills that would repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act, which gives wide power to the governor to declare a state of emergency in times of “great public crisis.”

    Another bill would amend the Emergency Management Act of 1976, which allows the governor to declare a state of emergency for up to 28 days, to reduce the number of allowable days to 14.

  11. So, when are the people of Michigan going to receive an apology from the mainstream media that relentlessly portrayed them as science denying contrarians (and, confederate sympathizers to boot) for daring to do something as audacious as objecting to a series of obvious infringements upon their civil liberties?

    Can we expect to receive any explanation about how these draconian diktats came into being in the first place? Who thought any of these measures were a good idea, and why?

    Maligning people that protest constitutional overreach is hot news. How about some follow up? Some honest questions?

  12. Maligning people that protest constitutional overreach is hot news. How about some follow up?

    From who? The media, which also doesn’t support the constitutional rights of “those people”?

  13. I again plea for all MI residents to boycott the state lottery until she resigns or is recalled.
    Starve the beast.

    1. What are the odds of that happening?

      Ha, ha.

  14. “Though many protesters displayed a dangerously blasé attitude toward social distancing measures…” Mr. Binion appears to think that it’s patently obvious that those social distancing measures are warranted. This is exactly the sort of stance that Whitmer took. No one knows what’s warranted because there’s too much uncertainty. I personally think these measures are warranted, but I don’t pretend to know. And I won’t fault someone else for thinking otherwise.

    1. Agreed. We have no scientific evidence or research to show that we are in the clear. The word “insane” is not a scientific or medical term and its use is not appropriate here. A governor who does what any angry mob says to do is terrifying in my opinion. I live in the hot spot and there are many churches and temples where I live. People are out driving around at all hours of the day and even my next door neighbor had a large family dinner during the Easter holiday. People are not staying home and staying safe and they act like wearing masks means they can talk and hang out up close. Talking spreads the virus. People are going out and hanging around stores and many teens are not wearing masks. We are surrounded by golf courses, nursing homes, medical centers and religous organizations. People stroll around crowded shopping areas on walks from their subdivisions. Help us.

      1. How dare people live their lives instead of cowering in fear to make you more comfortable!

      2. //We have no scientific evidence or research to show that we are in the clear.//

        “In the clear” is not a scientific or medical term.

        //A governor who does what any angry mob says to do is terrifying in my opinion.//

        So you prefer a governor that ignores her constituents, over their protests?

        //The word “insane” is not a scientific or medical term and its use is not appropriate here.//

        Please explain the connection between keeping the virus at bay, and the prohibition on the sale of seeds.

        //Talking spreads the virus.//

        Don’t listen and shut up.

      3. Fuck you, paranoid coward.

  15. No questions taken at today’s earned media briefing.
    What a waste of a good buzz.

  16. “Though many protesters displayed a dangerously blasé attitude toward social distancing measures”

    Dangerously. Blasé.

  17. Protip: don’t brainsorm on live TV, no matter how stable one’s level of genius

    1. Paging Mr Trump! Paging Mr Trump!!

  18. I see all these women governors and I know they could not be elected without a lot of “men” voting for them. this really astounds me being there is not a man on earth who has not been tortured by multiple rotten scheming miserable ragged/menopaused out back stabbing illogical traitor witches. so how do these “men” vote for a woman? is it because most are raised by single mothers?

    1. Some men who vote democrat are just pussy whipped. Who knows why.

      1. If I vote for Democratic Womxn enough maybe some girl will touch my pee pee.

        1. I’ll touch your pee pee, bro.

          1. Whoever you are, more of this please.

      2. What do you mean, “some”?

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  19. Any Sheriff who refuses to enforce laws like this because they violate peoples rights, and refuse to enforce gun laws that violate peoples rights, but have a fucking SWAT team kick in peoples doors for growing the wrong damn plant, is a straight up piece of shit hypocrite only interested in defending conservative politics, and not civil rights.

    1. Same for all the conservatives who cheer these sheriffs on but scream about prosecutors declining to prosecute some vice crimes because ‘The law is the law!!’

      Are there no consistent defenders of civil liberties left?

      1. Heaven forbid someone take the position that drugs and prostitution should be prohibited, while walking one’s dog or shopping should be permitted! What kind of lunatic totalitarian would hold such absurd beliefs!

    2. These orders are not laws.

  20. All of the statewide shutdown orders in all 50 states are insane and should be repealed tomorrow. The coronavirus is dangerous, but mostly to old or disabled people who weren’t working anyway. The economies should never have been shut down, except for maybe a few temporary orders in the hardest hit cities.

    1. The curve has been flattened. It was never going to significantly reduce the number of dead, anyway, so open up and don’t let anyone over 50 into any bars or large gatherings.

      Problem solved.

      1. Why shouldn’t people over 50 be allowed to flirt with death?

        1. Avoiding lawsuits.

  21. The anti-gun crusades have provided the model. Just put up signs reading “Virus Free Zone.”

  22. This willingness to compromise should of course be considered at her trial before she’s hanged.

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  28. Governor Wine Mom. In Michigan it is amazing to hear those who actually support this bitch; “what a great job she is doing [signalling virtue and putting on political theatrics];” I think, certainly hope, it is safe to say her shot at the VP ticket is pretty much done for.

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