Whitmer extends state of emergency
The COVID-19 state of emergency in Michigan has been extended by Governor Gretchen Whitmer through October 27th. This action is not a surprise since Governor Whitmer already said she intended to renew the emergency declaration. But it’s still controversial since her authority to do so and continue to issue emergency orders is being challenged in court.
The governor also extended emergency orders that restrict entry into health care, residential, and juvenile justice facilities – with some limited exceptions. Also extended are protocols for jails and prisons, and requiring food stores to offer restricted shopping hours for people vulnerable to infection. In her order, the governor said the emergency exists as long as COVID poses a threat to the state’s economy, public health, and safety.