Gov. Whitmer extends coronavirus emergency until July 16

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Posted at 2:12 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 14:19:21-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s coronavirus emergency declaration until July 16.

The move enables her to keep intact restrictions and orders that remain after she lifted a stay-at-home policy.

The governor — who has been gradually reopening the state — hopes to let gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys reopen by July 4.

They currently are only operating in northern Michigan.

The state of emergency is also the underpinning for orders that make people eligible for unemployment an additional six weeks, pause evictions and require masks and social distancing during the pandemic.