Stay-home order still in place; some return to work

Jene J. Long

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that Michigan’s stay-at-home order remains in effect through May 15 despite Republicans’ refusal to extend her underlying coronavirus emergency declaration, as she amended it to allow construction, real estate and more outdoor work to resume in person next week.

The Democratic governor, who may be sued by the GOP-led Legislature, addressed reporters the same day that President Donald Trump tweeted she should “make a deal” with conservatives who protested her restrictions at the Capitol a day earlier. She denounced the protest as ”disturbing,” noting there were swastikas, Confederate flags, nooses and some people with assault weapons who “do not represent who we are as Michiganders.”

“We’re not in a political crisis where we should just negotiate and find some common ground here. We’re in a public health crisis,” Whitmer said. ”We’re in the midst of a global pandemic that has already

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‘I’m not going to comply.’ Businesses in Arizona defy stay-home orders.

Jene J. Long

The state of Arizona was still on a generalized stay-at-home order Friday morning. But that did not stop a handful of businesses from announcing they planned to reopen anyway, in seeming violation of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s ongoing orders. 

Ducey this week extended what had already been a month-long shutdown of nonessential services in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But some small businesses had already vowed to reopen May 1 – with or without the governor’s permission. 

Some firebrand businesses owners backed down from their vows to defy a state shutdown, while others were preparing to open their doors. The question facing Arizona on Friday was how many might really break the rules, and what, if anything, would be the consequences.

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