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Gov. Whitmer temporarily restricted gatherings of 250 or more people statewide

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the nation on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic from the Oval Office at the White House on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

This morning Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a Executive Order 2020-5 which effectively prohibits “events and shared-space assemblages over 250 people” effective 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13 until 5 p.m. Sunday, April 5. 

According to a press release, there are a few exceptions to this law.

“Certain assemblages are exempt from this prohibition, such as those for the purpose of: industrial or manufacturing work, mass transit, or the purchase of groceries or consumer goods,” read the release.

This law comes hours after Whitmer declared all K-12 schools to be closed March 16 through April 5. The Governor, along with assistance from the Health and Human Services Chief Deputy of Michigan, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, and four COVID-19 task forces, has been taking swift action to contain the spread of the coronavirus. 

“This is about protecting the most people we can from the spread of coronavirus,” Whitmer stated. “My administration will continue to do everything we can to mitigate the spread, and to ensure our children, families, and businesses have the support they need during this time. We are going to get through this, but we must be flexible and take care of each other.”

Khaldun echoed the sentiments of Whitmer reiterating that “it’s crucial that everyone in Michigan follow these orders and make smart choices that will slow the spread of the virus.”

Currently, there are 336 confirmed cases of the virus in Michigan, seven of which are in Kent County

President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the nation at 3 p.m. where he will discuss the continued efforts of his administration to curtail the spread of COVID-19. It is expected that he will declare a national emergency. Whitmer declared Michigan to be in a state of emergency on Tuesday.

Editor’s Note: Updated March 19 to reflect the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Updated March 17 to reflect the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Updated March 16 to reflect the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Updated March 15 to reflect the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.