Michigan Governor Threatens To Extend Stay-At-Home Order After Protest

Holly Matkin

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the mass protest of her stay-at-home order made her consider extending the lockdown.

Lansing, MI – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she might extend the state’s stay-at-home order in response to the mass protest held at the state capitol building on April 15.

Protesters descended on the capital to intentionally cause a gridlock in protest of the social distancing rules Whitmer had implemented in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Michigan Conservative Coalition (MCC) initiated the protest that spread like wildfire on social media under the hashtag “#OperationGridlock,” the Michigan Star reported.

"We are all concerned for those afflicted with COVID 19. Yes, many of the personal behaviors we have been reminded to use are good practices. Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Stay home if you are sick. That said, Michiganders are fed up!" MCC’s website read, according to WJBK.

Roads were packed by 9 a.m. for the noon protest on April 15, and traffic ground to a halt in Lansing by mid-morning.

Not everyone stayed in their cars once they arrived, though, according to WJBK.

Several people in attendance who were not social distancing told reporters that they did understand the health risks but that it was their right not to follow the governor’s order.

Whitmer addressed the protest during an interview with MSNBC on Thursday.

“When you see a… political rally like that where people aren’t wearing masks and they’re in close quarters and they are touching one another, you know that that’s precisely what makes this kind of a disease drag out and expose more people,” the governor said.

After converging in Lansing, protesters returned back to their homes throughout the state, thereby spreading the virus further, Whitmer declared.

“It’s that kind of irresponsible action that puts us in this situation where we might have to actually think about extending stay home orders, which is supposedly what they were protesting,” she told MSNBC.

During a briefing on Monday afternoon, Whitmer said that the next 10 days will help her to determine whether or not she will extend the stay-at-home order past its current scheduled expiration of April 30, WJBK reported.

As of Monday, 31,424 residents in Michigan had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and 2,391 had died, according to Bing’s COVID-19 Tracker.

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

It's a fundamental right to earn a living. It's also a fundamental right to stay at home as long as you wish to do so. It's called Liberty.

We now have stores everywhere drawing arrows on the ground telling us where to walk, and dots or X's telling us where to stand. TV and billboards blast messages to us about how to be a good citizen. the new instructions change about weekly.

Anyone read 1984?

They tell you to not wear a mask, and then the suggest it, and then some places require it. They have no clue. No one is coughing anywhere I've been, and face-to-face contact is generally done at a distance. Face masks do help to prevent one from touching their nose or mouth though.

Flatten the curve they tell ya. We did that, but the integral under the curve remains the same (it doesn't reduce anything, it simply prolongs it).

Millions may die, they tell us. Then, 60,000. But we continue to believe them.

There is no vaccine for this COVID respiratory virus which is similar to other COVID viruses like SARS and MERS, yet the total US deaths are estimated to be about 60,000, the same number from 2017-2018 influenza.

( www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/burden.htm )

It seems like this has been a colossal failure with shared blame. Politicians got fed doomsday scenarios, and they did not want that blood on their hands, so they over-reacted. The media got the public to follow along.

And here we are, with millions out of work and thousands of people in line for government food...

flybynight
flybynight

Lady is drunk on power!!!

BRAVO77
BRAVO77

I Can't Believe Some People.
Let's just clear something up. Yes. The Stay at Home Orders Suck. The Closure of Non-Essential Business Suck. The Fact that COVID-19 is KILLING Thousands and INFECTING Millions Sucks. People who are, At this Time, Asymptomatic and Out Taking NON ESSENTIAL Rides in LYFT, UBER and Cabs, YOU SUCK And Are EXACTLY Why These Stay At Home ORDERS MATTER. All it Takes is One Person, ONE, To Contract COVID-19 and Bring it Home to Your Family. Then Shun the Stay at Home Orders and Call a LYFT or UBER or a Cab or even a Friend and Now you Have Possibly Infected 10 - 100 Others. And Those 10-100 others now will Spread it to 100's-1000's more. So, SUCK IT UP. Stay at Home Like 90% of your Fellow Americans, And Stop Acting Like Self Important Idiots with an Invincibility Complex and Tough It Out. I Am A Former First Responder, An Still Active in the Healthcare Field and have Seen How Aggressive COVID-19 is and How much Those who have Not Survived it Suffered, or Should I Say SUFFOCATED to DEATH Because of COVID-19. And the Best Part, A Lot of them had the Same Anti Government and Anti-Stay at Home Attitude. The Topper, Watch TWO Family Members DIE ON THE SAME DAY, FROM THE SAME HOME. Then Come Back Here and Leave a Comment. Until Them, STHU. Thank You To EVERYONE On The Front Lines who are not only Trying to Keep These, Mis-Informed Self Ritious Groups SAFE, But Risking Their Lives and the Lives of their Families to Help Protect those of You WHO Care, And, Those Idiots Who Don't. Keep It Up and Disobeying these ORDERS To Keep You SAFE, Could Result with The Government Taking Drastic Measures. Think About It. Check Out Rideshare Trixter on Youtube. COVID-19 Videos Are Real. It Has Nothing to Do With Power. It Has Everything to do to PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES HEALTH. The Protesters are Idiots.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Let them keep going out, with no face masks and absolutely no police trying to stop them.

Letting the herd cull itself is going to go well for millennials looking to buy a house in the near future.

sonnyboy1
sonnyboy1

I'm from Michigan and what many do not understand is what the protest was really about. Whitmer's orders included one can not mow their own lawn, grocery stores may stay open but one is not allowed to buy seeds to plant in their garden. One is not allowed to go to a second home (cottage), one can use a kayak, canoe or sailboat but not a motorboat. One is not allowed to go fishing. One cannot have a lawn service taking care of their lawn. Oh, btw, people from out of state can come and go to their 2nd homes in Michigan, just not Michiganders. Now, do you see what the protest was really about? I mentioned just a few of the unreasonable 'do nots' she put in place. Now maybe you will understand why people protested.

DarrellB
DarrellB

A group of people DARED to tell the Empress that she had no clothes!!! I think I heard her mutter let the peasants eat cake!
Sonnyboy is SPOT ON!

The express
The express

You people need to start voting people like her out. Start a movement whatever you need to do do it.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Should be extended. It's too soon.

Pilot350
Pilot350

She quick to extend but I bet she gets her hair done again. The rules don't apply to those in power.

Justdone
Justdone

Time to go the the poles and vote her out. Seems everytime I read something about her it’s just more bs and or control or about which she knows nothing about

BrevardMarc27
BrevardMarc27

The people of Michigan should absolutely FLOOD Lancing with another protest at least twice the size of the other one.

Maybe ,,, just MAYBE Governor Moron will start to get that screwing with our Liberty is not the way to go forward.

She doesn’t feel the pain that Government responses have inflicted on the common person and small businesses.

A politician will never feel the pain.

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

This woman is a gift! She is giving up her cards, due to being stupid, and just make a video over and over, "If the demoscats win this is YOUR WORLD!!! Scats as in kitty box material!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Until some goose stepper comes up to me and says; “Papers please, may I see your papers”, I’m going to do what I damn well please and even then, if you stop me for papers, you may end up with lead poisoning.

Two weeks ago, no masks, now, they’re fashion statements yet people wear masks with no gloves, gloves with no masks, so what’s the point?

I see store workers and others wearing their masks, but when “others”, (John Q), isn’t standing right there, they’re standing within two feet of each other, masks down and talking so they can be heard! Apparently they missed the announcement that this virus is also airborne.

Every time you’re in and out of your car and you take your masks off, virus. You take your mask off when you get home, boom, virus!

Unless your house is hermetically sealed, you have a decontamination chamber pre scrubber before you enter, all backed up by the finest micron hepa filtration system known to mankind, your home is regularly circulating the virus if it’s in the air on a daily basis.

So governor Whitless, even though our money built your home, it ain’t that perfect sweetheart and if you extend anything in this state, Lansing I think was nothing compared to the trouble you’re going to have on your hands sweetie.

Copnurse
Copnurse

As long as the opening considers high areas of concentrated individuals who are noncompliant such as we have in certain communities in New Jersey. Government overreach is dangerous. I agree. Tucker Carlson put the screws to Gov. Murphy who definitely will not be back on Fox. I understand and agree with your point of view but we must be careful how we open up. In NJ, churches and religious institutions are closed but liquor stores are open. Check out Tucker and Phil Murphy. Interesting commentary. I don’t want to deal with reinfections especially if people are “being stupid”. Be safe!!!

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

Once again, another demonrat shows the world that they follow the Nazi handbook.

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

Whitmer is the spoiled rich kid who when she started to lose a game would cry and take her ball home. She is still that spoiled child. I can just see her stamping her feet and she said "she would extend" the house arrest of free people. " I will, I really will" and the feet are stamping all the way.


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