Whitmer says she has authority to do 2nd stay-home order

Virus Outbreak Michigan
Posted at 9:37 AM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 09:37:40-05

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order to curb the spiking coronavirus if necessary, pointing to an epidemic-powers law her administration has used since a setback at the state Supreme Court.

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She spoke with reporters Monday, a day after announcing restrictions amid a surge of COVID-19 cases that has led to increased hospitalizations and deaths.

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Starting Wednesday, high schools and colleges must halt in-person classes, restaurants must stop indoor dining and entertainment businesses must close.

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Whitmer wants the Republican-led Legislature to codify a mask requirement in law to send a unified message.

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