Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended the state’s declaration of emergency as Michigan continues to combat the coronavirus.
Whitmer on Friday signed Executive Order 2020-165, which extends the emergency declaration through Sept. 4. The declaration was set to expire on Tuesday.
“We are in a crucial time in our fight against COVID-19, and we must do everything we can to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and the brave men and women on the front lines of this crisis from a second wave,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Today, I signed new emergency and disaster declarations using independent sources of statutory authority to continue saving lives. I will continue to use every tool at my disposal to protect Michiganders from the spread of this virus.
“I want to remind everyone in Michigan to wear a mask, practice safe physical distancing, and do everything in your power to fight COVID-19.”
A state of emergency is different than a statewide stay-home order, which was lifted in Michigan back in June. The emergency status allows the state governor to issue certain orders and restrictions on residents due to the emergency.