Protest in Lansing ignores social distancing guidelines

Evelyn Short, Reporter

Last Wednesday in Lansing, between 3,000 and 4,000 people gathered to protest against Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s extension of the stay-at-home order. Despite the orders from organizers of the protest to stay in vehicles only, many protesters left their vehicles to protest on foot.

According to NBC News, the protests started after Whitmer signed one of the most restrictive orders yet. Some of the things this order prohibits are, in-person work that is not necessary to sustain life, any gathering of people outside a single household, and people should not leave their home unless needed to sustain life.

The roping off of flooring, paint, plants, and gardening supplies have led to even more frustration. Any business such as lawn services and craft stores, if not deemed essential, are also not allowed to operate. This has resulted in a lot of backlash against Whitmer.

The protest was organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition and the Michigan Freedom Fund. According to NBC, protesters planned to stay in their cars, cause traffic jams, honk, and hold up signs. However, many people ignored the plan to stay in their vehicles and instead protested on foot. Some were also spotted with both Trump and Confederate flags. Most people did not wear masks and did not practice safe social distancing. Therefore, some of the people at the protest could have been spreading the virus by not following the safety precautions that have been put into place for our safety.

During a press conference, Whitmer addressed the protests saying she understands the reason for frustration. She understands not everyone is going to be happy, but she believes the actions she is taking are going to be the best ones to protect our health. She believes we need to continue the practice of staying home and social distancing to reduce the risks of infecting more people and also to respect our medical personnel.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Whitmer is expected to address the state on Friday on whether or not to extend the Stay At Home orders, which expire April 30 or to begin to reopen the economy in Michigan.