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Whitmer to GOP: Stop 'digging in' against COVID restrictions

Posted at 8:59 AM, Jan 29, 2021

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will not cede her authority to issue certain COVID-19 restrictions, calling Republicans’ attempt to hold back federal pandemic relief unless she changes course “cruel and reckless.”

The Democratic governor on Thursday urged GOP lawmakers to stop “digging in” on their continued opposition to state health department orders. They limit capacity at restaurants to 25% when they can resume indoor dining next week and continue to prohibit youth contact sports to curb the coronavirus.

Republican lawmakers say decisions about prohibiting in-person school and contact sports should be made at the county level.