Stay Home Extended Until June 12

Stay at Home Order Extended until June 12 and State of Emergency Extended until June 19 Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-100 to extend Michigan’s Safer at Home order until June 12, 2020. The governor’s order also protects Michiganders from the spread of COVID-19 by extending the temporary closure of certain places of public accommodation such as theaters, gyms, and casinos. The governor also signed Executive Order 2020-99 to extend the state of emergency … [Read more...]

Reopening Auto Dealerships and Retail Businesses by Appointment and Nonessential Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Procedures

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-96 to reopen retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment statewide on Tuesday, May 26, as part of her MI Safe Start plan. The governor’s executive order also lifts the requirement that health care providers delay some nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures statewide beginning on Friday, May 29. And the order authorizes small gatherings of 10 people or less starting immediately, as long as participants practice … [Read more...]

Upper Peninsula and Traverse City Area Start to Reopen

Governor Whitmer Reopens Retail, Restaurants, and Offices in Upper Peninsula and Traverse City Regions. Businesses that Reopen Must Adopt Workplace Safety Measures to Protect Employees and Customers. Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-92, allowing for the reopening, in two regions, of retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating. The two regions are both in the northern part of the … [Read more...]

Honoring Memorial Day in 2020

With much of the nation shutdown due to COVID-19, one might not even remember that May 25, 2020 is a Monday - or, more importantly, Memorial Day. The customary Memorial Day festivities of barbecues, beer, wearing white, traveling, and shopping will be truncated, if not arrested. However, perhaps this is a sublime unintended consequence of social distancing and sheltering at home orders. If it settles our minds and let us focus on first things first - actually giving Memorial Day its … [Read more...]

Executive Order to Create a Return to Learn Advisory Council

Governor Whitmer Announces Process to Chart Path for the Safe and Equitable Reopening of Schools Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the creation of the Return to Learning Advisory Council via Executive Order 2020-88, formalizing a process for determining how schools may be able to reopen in the fall. The panel – which will be comprised of students, parents, frontline educators, administrators, and public health officials – will be tasked with providing the COVID-19 Task Force on Education … [Read more...]

Six Phases of Safe Start Plan and Manufacturing Resumes May 11

Governor Announces Michigan is in Phase Three Governor Gretchen Whitmer detailed the six phases of her MI Safe Start Plan to re-engage Michigan’s economy. The governor has worked with leaders in health care, business, labor, and education to develop the plan, and announced today that Michigan is in phase three. The phases of the pandemic include: UNCONTROLLED GROWTH: The increasing number of new cases every day, overwhelming our health systems. PERSISTENT SPREAD: We … [Read more...]

Rochester Funeral Homes Cope With the Cruelty of COVID-19

They’re not often mentioned with the other front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 crisis, but they are there nonetheless—quietly risking their health to ease the pain of others. For the men and women of Rochester’s funeral homes who consider it a sacred trust to care for the dead and provide compassionate service to their families, the barriers imposed by COVID-19 are heartbreaking. The virus is cruel—not only to the victims whose lives it takes but also to the surviving families who face … [Read more...]

Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Order Limiting Places of Public Accommodation

More Extensions from the Governor, Effective through May 28 Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-69, which extends her previous order that temporarily closes certain places of public accommodation such as theaters, bars, casinos, and more. In order to maintain social distancing the order also limits restaurants to carry-out and delivery orders. “Although we are beginning to see the curve flatten, we are not out of the woods yet. We must all continue to be … [Read more...]

A Portrait of Our Pandemic

A photographic Tour of Rochester during the Midst of Our Pandemic Photo captions by Deborah J. Larsen / Photos by Gerald Larsen   … [Read more...]

New Order Lifts Some Restrictions, Extends Others, and Adds Homemade Mask Rule

Governor Whitmer Extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, Directs Michiganders to Wear Homemade Masks in Enclosed Public Spaces, but also Lifts Restrictions on Activities like Lawn Care, Golfing, Boating Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-59, extending her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through May 15. The new order will require people to wear homemade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces. It will also lift some restrictions on outdoor activities and … [Read more...]