US Coronavirus Updates: Michigan issues stay at home order

Michigan stay at home order
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a stay at home executive order on Monday morning for Michigan residents.

The stay at home order in Michigan will begin at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, March 24 until April 13 at 11:59 PM.

Michigan follows the move of other states like California, Ohio, New York and Illinois, in ordering people to keep themselves busy at home as authorities try to curb the spread of COVID-19.

As of Monday morning, Michigan recorded more than 1,200 cases in Michigan.

Gov. Whitmer’s ‘stay home, stay safe’ policy suspends “in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.” With this, Michigan residents must stay inside their houses unless they are a part of an essential workforce.

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They are permitted to go outside if they are performing tasks that are necessary like going to the grocery store or the hospital.

All public and private gatherings of any number of people who are not a part of the same household are not allowed.

Essential activities

Moreover, if anyone needs to go out for essential functions, they are asked to observe social distancing measures, such as remaining six feet apart from each other.

The order states that Michigan can only stay outside for the following activities:

  • To engage in an outdoor activity, like walking, hiking, running. People still need to remain at least six feet apart from anyone outside their household.
  • To perform jobs if they are critical infrastructure workers
  • To perform necessary government activities
  • To perform tasks necessary to their health and safety, including getting medication or seeking medical or dental care
  • To obtain necessary services and supplies, including groceries, takeout food, gasoline, medical supplies and any other products. However, people are urged to use delivery services as much as possible.
  • To care for a family member or a family member’s pet in another household
  • To care for minors, dependents, the elderly, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable people
  • To visit an individual under the care of a healthcare facility, residential facility or congregate care facility
  • To attend legal proceedings or hearings for essential or emergency purposes as ordered by a court
  • To work or volunteer for a business that provides food, shelter or other needs for economically disadvantaged people or other individuals in need, like people with disabilities.
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