Gov. Whitmer announces stay-at-home order for Michigan residents

Posted at 8:19 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 20:48:34-04

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced this morning a stay-at-home order for the state of Michigan through at least April 13.

All Michigan business and operations are ordered to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 24, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their homes and residences under very limited circumstance and must adhere to social distancing rules.

“In just 13 days, we’ve gone from 0 to over 1,000 COVID-19 cases,” Whitmer said.

“This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.”

The executive order prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations.

Read the stay-at-home order

The full text of the Gov. Whitmer's executive order is online.

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