By: Amy Jo Underwood
Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) has continued to mandate some of the strictest lockdown policies in the U.S., yet she was recently caught socializing with friends and breaking her own COVID-19 mandates. This latest action is a few months after the governor flew to Florida to visit her father, despite telling Michigan residents to avoid travel.
Gretchen Whitmer, Democratic governor of Michigan, has exercised emergency powers for over a year in her state, and implemented some of the harshest restrictions in the country during the coronavirus outbreak.
Whitmer was caught violating her own COVID-19 rules again, when photographed with several friends inside a restaurant, maskless and not social distancing. Current Michigan restrictions prohibit more than six people from dining together indoors, and the people must be six feet apart.
Whitmer and an aide were photographed with at least twelve people in a dive bar in Lansing. A friend posted the photos on social media, but later reposted without the photo of the governor and her aide.
When confronted about her choice to break the restrictions that she has held over the people of Michigan for a year, Whitmer replied, “Because we were all vaccinated, we didn’t stop to think about it. In retrospect, I should have thought about it. I am human. I made a mistake, and I apologize.”
The Michigan Freedom Fund called on Governor Whitmer to end all emergency orders, but she ignored the request. As of now, restrictions will be in place to some extent until July 1st.
“Last week Whitmer refused to immediately end her ridiculous restrictions, like a maximum of 6 patrons per table for indoor dining. Now Whitmer has once again completely disregarded her own rules. Whitmer orders rules she and her staff don’t follow themselves, while Michiganders and businesses suffer. Whitmer must end her restrictions immediately.” - Tori Sachs, executive director of Michigan Freedom Fund