Ohio, Mich. governors respond to policy pushback


In a pool photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Friday, May 1, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

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UPDATED 12:02 PM PT — Sunday, May 3, 2020

The governors of Ohio and Michigan have responded to backlash from their citizens over strict social distancing policies. On Sunday, Governors Mike DeWine of Ohio and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan participated in interviews, where they addressed the protests in their respective states.

Whitmer stated she understood the concerns of residents and wanted to help. She also condemned those who she claimed used the pandemic to share hatred.

“Displays like the one that we saw at our capitol is not representative of who we are in Michigan. There were swastikas, confederate flags, nooses and people with assault rifles. That’s a small group of people, when you think about the fact that this is a state of almost 10 million people, the vast majority of whom are doing the right thing.” – Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan

FILE – In this Jan. 14, 2019, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during a public inauguration ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, Pool, File)

Meanwhile, residents in Ohio were angry after DeWine announced wearing face masks would be mandatory for both retail employees and customers. However, after intense backlash, the governor reversed his position.

“After we put out the order that everyone in retail who walked into a store as a customer would have to do that, it became clear to me that was just a bridge too far,” he explained. “The people were not going to accept the government telling them what to do.”

DeWine has unveiled his economic plan, titled ‘Responsible Restart Ohio,’ which will allow business to resume in phases. Both states have been under lockdowns since late March with stay-at-home orders extending through most of May.

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