Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) spoke out on Friday along with some health officials to beg Michiganders to avoid indoor dining for the next two weeks.
Whitmer said this during a press conference in which she also asked high schools to move to remote learning and recommended youth sports pause in-person activities for two weeks, according to WLUC.
“We all have to step up our game for the next two weeks to bring down rising cases,” Whitmer said. “And that’s why I’m calling on high schools to voluntarily go remote for two weeks past spring break, calling on youth sports to voluntarily suspend games and practices for two weeks. And I’m strongly encouraging all Michiganders to avoid dining indoors and avoid gathering with friends indoors for two weeks. Support your local restaurants by eating outside, or getting carry out instead of dining indoors. Opt for small, outdoor gatherings with masks.”
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“To be very clear, these are not orders, mandates, or requirements,” she added. “A year in, we all know what works and this has to be a team effort. We have to do this together. Lives depend on it.”
Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun went on to say that by the end of Friday, the state will administer five million doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
When asked why it seems to many like the Joe Biden administration is not surging vaccines to Michigan, Whitmer said it is sending “things to support us whether it’s therapeutics or mobile testing and vaccination ability or boots on the ground.”
“But we are going to continue to fight for additional vaccines. That is not a policy that they have embraced at this juncture but I’m going to continue to fight for our state,” Whitmer said. “I believe that a surge strategy is prudent, equitable, and important, and that’s the case that I’m making to the head of the COVID [coronavirus] response team in the administration.”