In the United States, Michigan is second in closures only to Puerto Rico, a territory hit by a 2017 hurricane. Nationally, 19% of businesses were impacted by government-mandated lockdowns. Pennsylvania trailed Michigan with 30%, followed by Washington at 27%. Vermont, Hawaii and New York each had 26% of businesses close during the pandemic.
All of those states — and Michigan, of course — are led by Democrat governors. Conversely, Republican-led states — South Dakota, Arkansas, North Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and Nebraska — saw less than 10% of businesses close.
Michigan is in the midst of an extended “pause,” which is scheduled to expire Sunday. The “pause” resulted in a regression of freedoms in the state and closed in-person dining, classroom learning for high schoolers, and several entertainment establishments, such as bowling alleys and areas, close.
Whitmer extended her three-week “pause” over fears of a so-called Thanksgiving surge, after politicians ordered Americans to stay away from their families during the holiday. That “surge” never materialized.