Rep. Sheppard: Governor’s new restrictions put added pressure on struggling families, businesses

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Legislator glad to see adjustments made for online auto sales

State Rep. Jason Sheppard today said the governor moved in the wrong direction when she put even more restrictions on people and businesses while extending her stay-at-home order until through April 30.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered that stores no longer sell what she considers non-essential items and block off those areas so customers cannot access them. The governor also said she will not follow the guidelines issued by the federal government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency that would allow more Michiganders to safely return to work while following social distancing guidelines.

Sheppard, of Temperance, agrees it is important for people to continue social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19, but expressed frustration about the new restrictions. He was glad to see the governor make one adjustment, which will allow auto dealership employees to return to work to facilitate online sales and leases.

“Michigan is the automotive capital of the world because of innovation; I have every confidence that our business owners, including auto dealers, are innovative enough to operate in a way that keeps us all safe,” Sheppard said.

While this was a step in the right direction, Sheppard said there are many other occupations and services that could be allowed while still social distancing.

“The most recent federal guidelines provide exemptions so seasonal employees can safely work outside and provide for their families, but the governor decided not to adopt those recommendations,” Sheppard said. “Michigan can and should allow family lawn care operations to mow the yards of customers who rely on their services. Greenhouses and nurseries should be allowed to sell their plants curbside, so families can grow their own food. And small construction crews should be allowed to continue working on new home builds and remodels for families, just like work has been allowed to continue on state projects to make sure they are completed on time.”