State Rep. Kathy Crawford, of Novi, today announced the governor has listened to key Republican proposals and is lifting her restrictions on the sale of many goods and services, outdoor activities, boating, and traveling freely between residences and properties.
In the governor’s new “Stay Home” order announced today, residents will now be able to purchase many items at the curbside and for delivery, something Crawford has been fighting for to help Oakland County families and get more people back to work.
“Over the past several weeks, I have heard from hundreds of Oakland County families who view the general concept of the governor’s ‘stay home’ order favorably, but have concerns over certain restrictions that go too far,” Crawford said. “Like many of you, I too agree some of the restrictions put in place by the governor and her administration ignored our individual freedoms and had no scientific correlation to public health and safety. I, along with my House colleagues, have actively advocated for the governor to ease these restrictions, and it’s good to know she is following through with our recommendations by listening to the people of Michigan.”
Also included in the change allows people to travel between residences, including if they own secondary property. The new change will also allow people to use their boats, regardless if they have a motor or not. Rep. Crawford said the updated “stay home” order still puts public safety and health first as efforts continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but makes much-needed adjustments to safely rejuvenate Michigan’s economy.
“We can still prioritize public health while taking necessary steps to address the economic challenges resulting from the coronavirus outbreak,” Crawford said. “Rather than thinking in terms of ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential,’ Michigan will now be thinking in terms of what can be done safely moving forward.”
House Republican lawmakers urged the governor to allow more employers to sell their products so long as they adhere to best health and safety standards. The curbside sale and delivery for all businesses was a recommendation included in their “Roadmap to Recovery” proposal announced earlier this week.
In addition to the governor’s revised ‘Stay Home’ order, Crawford today cast her vote for a measure creating the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, a panel that will promote transparency and provide oversight over the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The governor and her administration were given unique emergency powers to handle this ongoing pandemic, and the new committee will help give people a voice in the process and hold their state government accountable,” Crawford said. “I believe this is a reasonable step in maintaining transparency – even during this time of emergency.”