Legislator urges governor to reconsider portions of new ‘stay home’ order
Rep. Bronna Kahle today urged the governor to reconsider some aspects of her new expanded COVID-19 ‘stay at home’ order – saying changes could be made to continue protecting public health without forcing even more Michiganders out of work.
Gov. Whitmer – while extending the stay at home order through the end of April – also ordered that stores no longer sell some items she considers non-essential and block off those areas so customers cannot access them. The governor’s order also does not follow the guidelines issued by the federal government that would allow more Michiganders to safely return to work while following social distancing guidelines.
“I will continue working with the governor because I agree we must do all we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our families, friends and neighbors in Lenawee County and the entire state. But I am concerned some of the items included in the governor’s new order will prolong hardships on residents without helping fulfill that mission,” Kahle said.
“There are ways we can safely restart parts of the economy while keeping people safe from coronavirus,” Kahle said. “A good start would be looking at jobs and activities through the lens of ‘safe or unsafe’ rather than bogging down in debates about ‘essential vs. non-essential.’ Lenawee residents are counting on us to make decisions that protect public health and also move us toward a return to normalcy and better days ahead. These goals are not mutually exclusive.”
Rep. Kahle and her staff are working remotely, so they can continue to serve residents during the COVID-19 outbreak. People with questions or concerns can reach her office by calling (517) 373-1706 or emailing BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov.