According to the Democratic governor's new conditions, all dine-in businesses must take down customers’ names and phone numbers for contact tracing starting today, Monday, Nov. 2. This renewed policy, as well as others, threaten a civil fine of $1,000 and even interference of law enforcement upon violation.
The issuance of harder limitations issues from a recent peak in Michigan coronavirus cases. According to the state, there’s been a 3.5% rise in positive results with around 3,000 cases being listed each day.
The updated order also contains capacity at indoor venues and urges the public to even refrain from yelling or cheering at social events.
“The heart of our effort to beat COVID will be in the hearts and minds of individual Michiganders... choosing to protect human life and to act on the science,” Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services director Robert Gordon explained throughout a virtual news conference.
Meanwhile, in an Oct. 18 interview, Whitmer stated that freedom from lockdowns can be obtained by electing Joe Biden as if he could handle the pandemic better, which experts have considered being a political threat.
“If you’re tired of lockdowns or you’re tired of wearing masks or you wish you were in church this morning or watching college football… it is time for a change in this country,” she declared. “That’s why we’ve got to elect Joe Biden.”
The Biden campaign has also made mention of strengthening lockdowns if elected to office. According to the Biden-Harris seven-point plan, the campaign aims to operate alongside the CDC to figure “appropriate restrictions” on gatherings and weigh “when to issue stay-at-home restrictions.”
"Biden wants to LOCKDOWN our Country, maybe for years. Crazy!" Trump tweeted, referring to the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. "There will be NO LOCKDOWNS. The great American Comeback is underway!!!"
Trump and Biden have consistently fought over the handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak, which the World Health Organization announced a pandemic in March. Though, Trump admitted on tape that he downplayed the severity of the outbreak despite knowing early on how dangerous it is.