Having already laid down a long list of mask mandates and social distancing orders dating back months, Whitmer now has issued policies to temporarily halt in-person instruction at high schools and colleges, dine-in service at restaurants and bars, and high school athletics as well as close some businesses, including movie theaters, bowling alleys and casinos.
The orders will take effect beginning Wednesday and running until at least Dec. 8. Under the order, indoor residential gatherings will be limited to two households at any one time. Amateur organized sports, including the current high school playoff seasons, are also “paused.” Indoor dining at restaurants and bars is banned, as are theaters, movie theaters, stadiums, arenas, bowling centers, ice skating rinks, indoor water parks, bingo halls, casinos, and arcades.
The Republican-led state Senate has largely been impotent against Whitmer’s totalitarianism. “We are disappointed that Gov. Whitmer chose to go it alone, again,” Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, a Republican, responded Sunday night. “The Senate Republicans will continue working with our doctors and the medical community on ways we can combat this virus and are ready to work with the Governor when she decides to work as a team to fight this virus,” he said.