Medical, dental, veterinary opens up; Retailers, auto dealers resume with restrictions
On Friday Governor Gretchan Whitmer extended the Emergency declaration and the Safer at Home order another 2 weeks lengthening the temporary closure of certain places of public accommodation such as theaters, gyms, hair and nail salons and casinos.
The extension came on the heels of two decisions rendered in the Michigan Court of Claims. Court of Claims Judge Micael J. Kelly denied the request from Michigan United for Liberty to declare the emergency laws and executive orders unconstitutional on Tuesday then Thursday afternoon Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens ruled in Whitmer’s favor in a lawsuit brought by legislative Republicans calling their argument that the Gov hasn’t the authority to extend a state of emergency without their approval ‘meritless’.
The next steps in a return to some sense of normalcy came out of the Guv’s office Thursday when she signed an executive order to loosen some of the restrictions on gatherings, retail business, medical dental and veterinary services, and (Michigan being an car and truck building state and all) auto dealerships.
Allowing gatherings of 10 people or less so long as social distancing is attended to means folks itching to expand their social network beyond their immediate in house circle and the occasional viral get together can actually interact in a group setting once again.
Retailers and car lots must be by appointment and, of course, also attend to social distancing. This begins Tuesday May 26.
The non essential medical dental and veterinary services can begin on Friday May 29.
Newaygo County cases have risen over 700% in about a month. From having an even dozen on April 22 the county now stands at 89 according to the state stats.