State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today said she supports a regional, safety-focused approach to restarting Michigan’s economy and re-establishing a semblance of normalcy in the COVID-19 era.
House Republicans on Monday unveiled a blueprint to help move the state toward a rolling restart – an approach based on the prevalence and risk factors of the virus, which varies by region. A task force would be established to determine which counties could have some COVID-19 restrictions eased more quickly, getting more people back to work and more facets of everyday life – when it’s safe.
“The health and safety of the people of Michigan remains a top priority of mine and my colleagues,” Allor said. “Our plan is well-thought out and addresses the needs of our families – focusing on keeping everyone safe, slowing the spread of the virus, and getting people back to work.”
A task force – including representatives from Gov. Whitmer’s administration, the Legislature and outside groups – would place counties into one of three tiers based on coronavirus activity and other factors such as hospitalization rates and capacity. Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties – which have the vast majority of COVID-19 cases in the state – would be in the tier with strictest restrictions. Other counties would be placed in tiers with fewer restrictions.
“It’s very different in Northeast Michigan than it is downstate,” Allor said. “Which is why I fought to ensure our plan recognizes different geographical boundaries. It’s clear the majority of coronavirus cases are located in the Detroit area, so it’s best to consider this when looking at our timeline. We must have one more appropriate for our region, one for safely reopening our economy here.”
Rep. Allor said the same task force would help determine which jobs and activities could be resumed safely, starting from the premise of federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines. In some cases, Allor said, these guidelines are not as restrictive as the prohibitions now in place in Michigan. The task force would make frequent recommendations to the governor to reflect changes in coronavirus activity.
“I understand the governor has been under a lot of pressure and commend her for her ongoing efforts to keep Michiganders safe,” Allor said. “But many of her orders have been restrictive, and quite frankly, unnecessary. We need to focus on how to get our employees back to their jobs safely, so we can get back to a state of normalcy and get the economy back up and moving.”
State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, will play a key role in assembling committee assignments for the 2021-22 Michigan House legislative session after being named a member of the Committee on Committees by Speaker-elect Rep. Jason Wentworth.
“It’s incredibly important to our Northern Michigan families that their children be able to continue with their education in a manner that takes into account the many challenges created by COVID-19,” Allor said. “This plan will help keep our communities safe with flexibility for remote and in-person learning, or a combination of both.”