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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prolonged her stay-at-home order Friday to June 12, her fifth extension of a mandate that has put her at odds with Republican lawmakers and has been the topic of mounting criticism and anti-lockdown protests.

The order, known as “Safer at Dwelling,” will lengthen short-term enterprise closures and motion restrictions in an effort to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Whitmer additionally prolonged her state of emergency by means of June 19, WJBK-TV reported. In an announcement, she stated that whereas COVID-19 instances and deaths are declining, “we aren’t out of the woods but.”

“If we’re going to decrease the possibility of a second wave and proceed to guard our neighbors and family members from the unfold of this virus, we should proceed to do our half by staying safer at residence,” the Democrat Governor stated.

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“If we open too quickly, 1000’s extra may die and our hospitals will get overwhelmed,” she stated. “Whereas we finally have extra protecting tools like masks, we are able to’t run the chance of working low once more. We owe it to the actual heroes on the entrance strains of this disaster — our first responders, well being care employees and important employees placing their lives on the road day by day — to do what we are able to ourselves to cease the unfold of the virus.”

The transfer comes a day after a court docket dominated Whitmer has the authority to maintain Michigan below a state of emergency with out approval from lawmakers. Republican lawmakers had legally challenged the order.

In latest days, she has relaxed the stay-at-home order — in place since March —  to permit for social gatherings of 10 folks or much less and permitting retail companies to reopen for appointment-only procuring. On Friday, companies within the Higher Peninsula and different components of the state had been allowed to function in a restricted capability, the information station reported.

The mandate comes at a time when many states have begun to reopen their economies. Some have eased their orders or lifted them completely. In a tweet, Michigan Republican Celebration Chair Laura Cox criticized the timing of the extension.

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“Not solely is Gretchen Whitmer going across the state Legislature along with her stay-at-home orders, however now she is sneaking across the folks of Michigan by asserting an extension to her keep at residence order after common enterprise hours on a vacation weekend,” Cox tweeted. “The one factor she is attempting to maintain protected is her political profession.”

As of Friday, Michigan reported almost 54,000 COVID-19 instances, together with 5,518 deaths, in keeping with the state Division of Well being and Human Companies.