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Already facing backlash, Whitmer extends Michigan stay-home order until mid-June

Democratic governor says she knows importance of restarting economy but state 'not out of the woods yet.'

Published: May 22, 2020 11:23pm

Updated: May 22, 2020 11:50pm

Already facing significant protests from restless citizens, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order until June 12.

“While the data shows that we are making progress, we are not out of the woods yet," Whitmer said as she signed an executive order extending restrictions. "If we’re going to lower the chance of a second wave and continue to protect our neighbors and loved ones from the spread of this virus, we must continue to do our part by staying safer at home. If we open too soon, thousands more could die and our hospitals will get overwhelmed."

The order extends the temporary closure of theaters, gyms, salons and casinos among other things in an effort prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The extension came a day after Whitmer won a court decision ruling she had the authority to keep businesses closed.

“All of us know the importance of getting people back to work and the economy moving again,” she said. “We’ve already loosened some restrictions on construction, manufacturing, landscaping, retail, and more. But the worst thing we can do is open up in a way that causes a second wave of infections and death, puts health care workers at further risk, and wipes out all the progress we've made."