Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer just signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order. It says that all non-critical Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily close due to the potential of coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19 spread. Other states, including Massachusetts, Ohio, and Indiana have similar orders as of today. But all of those orders are rather vague and generate a lot of unanswered questions as what we can and cannot do.
Thankfully, in a series of tweets, Governor Whitmer’s office took it upon themselves to further clarify exact what that “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order means. Here is what they said you can do:
Under the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order, you can:
- Go to the grocery store or pick up take-out food.
- Go to the pharmacy to pick up a needed prescription.
- Engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, biking.
- Go to the hospital or secure any care necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve your health or the health of a loved one.
- Fill your car with gas.
- Return to Michigan to a home or place of residence from outside the State.
- Leave the State for a home or residence elsewhere.
- Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian for needed medical care.
Then they also explained what we cannot do under the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order:
- Leave home to work, unless your employer designates you as a critical infrastructure worker.
- Participate in any public gatherings.
- Visit someone in the hospital, nursing home, or other residential care facilities (with limited exceptions).
- Go to the mall or eat at restaurants.
These are pretty common sense rules. They basically want everyone to stay home. But this is not Martial Law or anything like that. It just means stay home and keep away from others. However, the Executive Order also goes on to say that “willful violation of this order is a misdemeanor”. Be sure to check the details of your local execute orders for full details.
The orders for each state:
[THREAD] Under the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order, you can:
✅ Go to the grocery store or pick up take-out food.
✅ Go to the pharmacy to pick up a needed prescription.
✅Engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, biking.
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) March 23, 2020