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Senate leaders planning for ramp down of emergency closures

Erik Mclean

State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) has formed a bipartisan workgroup with the job of determining when it might be safe for some businesses shut down by the coronavirus crisis to re-open.

“We believe there’s evidence to support, actually, frankly, real-life examples to support that businesses can operate with the discipline, robustness and safety as you can at home.”

Shirkey says the workgroup will gather examples of those businesses to send recommendations to Governor Gretchen Whitmer on relaxing her emergency orders.

“Our governor is so focused, and rightfully so, on the urgent needs of the state as we experience this together, that she should welcome, and I hope this is interpreted as an additional help in preparing for the future,” Shirkey said.  

Shirkey says he does not expect all businesses will re-open soon, but he says some should be allowed to resume operations.

Shirkey says there are economic and mental health consequences associated with the lengthy stay-at-home order. But Shirkey says the workgroup does not have any immediate recommendations on policy changes.

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Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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