Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is back at it again with a new set of absurd coronavirus-related restrictions that could potentially punish violators with jail time. This is in response to the spike in cases worldwide, along with winter right around the corner.
Gov. Whitmer has rolled back the state’s reopening plan and issued updated guidance through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The guidelines require that certain facilities must record the personal information of each customer or patron. They must provide, at the minimum, their name and phone number for contract tracing purposes. The facilities include dine-in restaurants, barbershops, tattoo shops, salons, gyms, and entertainment arenas.
The implementation section discusses what happens to businesses or individuals who violate the order. “Violation of this order is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or a fine of not more than $200.00, or both,” it reads. It is effective immediately, which takes effect on November 2, 2020.
The updated restrictions also limit indoor gatherings from 500 people to just 50, and non-residential gatherings where no more than six persons may share a table and tables must be spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart. Are Democratic Governors having that bad of a power trip right now?
Although the order threatens jail time if violated, it doesn’t seem that it is in the Governor’s legislative power to implement her demands anymore. The Supreme Court had ruled just last month that Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus emergency declarations were unconstitutional and violated the executive branch.
Gov. Whitmer discussed her disappointment with the Supreme Court’s ruling, but that it is important to note that the ruling does not take effect for at least 21 days. By that, she just wanted to threaten the orders and fines against her own people and businesses for a while longer.
“Furthermore, after 21 days, many of the responsive measures I have put in place to control the spread of the virus will continue under alternative sources of authority that were not at issue in today’s ruling,” Gov. Whitmer said.
“Alternative sources of authority” means bypassing the high court somehow. It’s not surprising to see the radical left cheat the game for even more power, but that’s what they do when they’re losing. It’s a shame that the businesses and people of Michigan have to suffer through Gov. Whitmer’s power trip while her husband goes boating.
But hey, that’s why you vote right. Right?