Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended her stay-at-home order through May 15, though she is lifting restrictions so some businesses can reopen and the public can participate in outdoor activities like golf and motorized boating during the coronavirus pandemic. “We will consider this the preliminary stage of economic re-engagement,” she said at her briefing Friday. “We will measure. We will collect data. We will continue to ramp up our testing and our tracing.”The measure immediately replaces one that was scheduled to expire next week. Michigan has nearly 3,000 deaths related to COVID-19, trailing only New York and New Jersey among U.S. states. Whitmer said in the new order that the prior order had been “effective,” and “the strain on our health care system has begun to relent, even as our testing capacity has increased.” “Staying home remains our best weapon to defeat this enemy and to stop the spread,” Whitmer said.Social distancing measures will remain in place. People are now required, rather than encouraged, to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as grocery stores if they can medically tolerate it. Employers must provide non-medical grade masks to their in-person employees.Landscapers, lawn-service companies, plant nurseries and bike repair


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