Coronavirus

4:13 PM, Feb 27, 2020

Actions

Michiganders respond with anger, frustration – some with support for extended stay-home order

Michigan residents respond with anger, frustration – some with support of extended stay-home order
Posted at 5:30 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 23:51:04-04

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's announcement extending the controversial stay-home order through May 28 was received with frustration from many, and support from some others.

RELATED: Gov. Whitmer extends stay-at-home order, says manufacturing can resume Monday

On Thursday, during the governor's daily update on the state's response to the COVID-19 health crisis, she announced that the Stay Home, Stay Safe order will be extended as long as the state of emergency , which is set to end May 28. The new order also allows manufacturing, including the Big 3 automakers, to resume work on Monday May 11.

“This is good news for our state, our businesses, and our working families,” Whitmer said in a news release. “We’re not out of the woods yet, but this is an important step forward on our MI Safe Start plan to re-engage our economy safely and responsibly. As we continue to phase in sectors of our economy, I will keep working around the clock to ensure our businesses adopt best practices to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19. When we all keep doing our part, we can reduce the risk of a second wave and re-engage our economy safely and responsibly.”

The move to extend the controversial order requiring Michigan residents to stay home, as well as keep several local businesses closed, was met with a big response on social media.

Some 7 Action News viewers commented their displeasure, one saying that "if this keeps up there will be no businesses left." Another viewer saying, "the longer this goes on, the more and more people will lose homes, small businesses, their jobs."

Other Michiganders who support Whitmer's decision to extend the stay-home order, which was previously set to end May 15, say it makes sense to extend the order along with the state of emergency. One viewer responded in a Facebook comment on WXYZ saying, "if we were to keep the May 15th order, what was everyone going to be able to do... absolutely nothing much."

Read more responses to the stay-home order extension below.

Screen Shot 2020-05-07 at 4.50.34 PM.png

Screen Shot 2020-05-07 at 4.53.00 PM.png

Screen Shot 2020-05-07 at 4.51.33 PM.png

Screen Shot 2020-05-07 at 4.53.16 PM.png

Screen Shot 2020-05-07 at 4.52.29 PM.png

Screen Shot 2020-05-07 at 4.54.05 PM.png

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

Read our daily Coronavirus Live Blog for the latest updates and news on coronavirus.

Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Michigan, a timeline of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Southeast Michigan, and links to more information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the WHO.

View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.

Find out how you can help metro Detroit restaurants struggling during the pandemic.

See all of our Helping Each Other stories.

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.