Governor partially lifts COVID-19 restrictions

On Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Health and Human Services announced they are reducing the state’s COVID-19 restrictions but keeping limits on in-person dining at restaurants.

I applaud the governor’s response after my colleagues and I sent her and the Department of Health and Human Services director a letter urging them to fix the confusing restrictions on local governments and bodies and their ability to meet and serve their local communities.

The governor’s orders were limiting residents’ access to their local elected officials and the community entities necessary to carry out the functions of municipal life.

Under the new state health order, starting Friday, March 5, restaurants can accept twice as many indoor diners, businesses can allow more customers and private gatherings can involve more people.

I thank the governor for her response, and I urge her to lift some of her other restrictions doing so much damage to our residents and their way of life.