‘I ask that you wear a mask and stay six feet apart’: Michigan governor to participants of upcoming protest at Capitol

Governor warns devastation from second wave could dwarf hardship state has already encountered

A protester carries his rifle at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, April 30, 2020. Hoisting American flags and handmade signs, protesters returned to the state Capitol to denounce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-home order and business restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic while lawmakers met to consider extending her emergency declaration hours before it expires. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s stay-at-home order is helping lower the chance of a second wave of the coronavirus, said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, addressing reporters at a press conference Monday.

“The devastation from a second wave could dwarf the hardship that we have already encountered. We made these sacrifices, let’s not make them in vain," said Whitmer.

Members of the governor’s administration say the state is making progress toward beating the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan. Just last week Whitmer revealed the six stages of her plan to stop the spread of the coronavirus and fully reopen the state. The state is currently at phase three of that plan.


Michigan republican lawmakers recently filed a lawsuit against the governor alleging that she exceeded her authority by issuing so many executive orders. Not all businesses have followed the stay-at-home order.

“These executive orders have the force of law, and we expect people to abide by them. Most businesses have a license from the state and they are putting themselves at risk by putting their customers and selves at risk by opening pre-maturely,” said Whitmer.

Lockdown protests at the Michigan State Capitol with gun yielding participants have garnered national attention.

Whitmer said she is really “disappointed” that the Michigan Capitol Commission delayed its decision to ban guns from the Capitol.

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