Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is calling Thursday’s protests in Lansing “disturbing, to be quite honest.”
“Swastikas and the confederate flag, nooses and automatic rifles do not represent who we are as Michiganders,” Whitmer said Friday.
“I know that some people are angry, and I know that many are feeling restless … it’s OK to feel that way,” she said. “There is nothing that I want more than to just flip the switch and return to normal, but that’s not how it’s going to work, unfortunately. The only way we can get through this and take the next steps forward is if we all continue to do our part.”
Michigan’s “Stay Home Stay-Safe” order is in effect until May 15, but no decision has been made on when in-person schooling resumes. On May 7, construction work, real estate activities and work performed primarily outdoors can restart.
Michigan has over 42,356 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and at least 3,866 deaths.