Forget social estrangement or stay home to save lives – a group of angry Michiganders are done with it and are loudly protesting, hoping their governor will put their house in order. Lansing’s scene is pretty crazy… hundreds of protesters line the streets around the Capitol – very few masks – to remove what they call “Operation Gridlock”. Drivers of about 400 vehicles leaned on horns while protesters shouted with megaphones.
Michigan state police are on site, but say they are protecting the rights of the First Amendment and will only take enforcement action for traffic laws, vandalism, or death threats. In other words, NO tickets for obvious violations of social distancing. Governor Gretchen whitmer recently expanded the state’s home stay order, requiring stores to block non-essential aisles and prohibit people from traveling between vacation homes. Motor navigation is also now prohibited. Protesters say the governor should let more people re-enter the workforce and lift restrictions on public outings, even though health officials support the order and warn about lifting the restrictions too soon. Michigan has more than 27,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the virus has killed 1,768 people … fourth in the country. Federal health officials still view the state as a “hot spot.”