Governor extends COVID state of emergency through October

The state of emergency declaration gives the governor authority to issue executive orders and otherwise manage the government's response to the pandemic.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday issued an executive order extending the COVID-19 state of emergency through October 27.

The governor’s emergency powers give her the authority to issue executive orders with the force of law, but also has led to multiple lawsuits and a ballot initiative to strip the governor of such authority.

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In a press release, the governor said the end of the pandemic was within sight.

“This emergency will end, and it is a matter of months,” she said. “But we are not out of the woods yet.

“Right now, the federal government and all 50 states have been under some form of state of emergency. We must continue doing our part to fight this virus on behalf of our families, frontline workers, and our small businesses,” she said.

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