Gov. Whitmer Says Reopening Too Fast Will Hurt Michigan Businesses [VIDEO]
As pressure builds to reopen the economy and put Americans back to work, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says going too fast could actually have a negative impact on businesses in Michigan.
In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Whitmer expressed her concerns with some states' push to reopen businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think that going too fast will be harder for businesses to have the confidence of the public to come in anyway," Whitmer told Cooper. "If you're not guaranteeing or able to show the thoughtful plan that has gone into people's safety, I think it's going to be hard to get people to come out and participate anyway, so we have to get this right so we don't have a second wave."
Whitmer goes on to say that reopening the economy means having enough personal protective equipment for employees who have close contact with the public.
The governor also addressed those who are protesting her Executive Orders in support of President Trump's assertion that she and other governors that are imposing restrictions that are too tough.
"This is a unique problem that we are confronting in Michigan and it calls for a tough solution," Whitmer stated. "I do have some of the most aggressive actions on the books in our nation because I've got one of the worst problems in our nation. I am trying to save lives here. And while we can respect and revere the right of dissent and the right to demonstrate right now in this moment to do so in such an irresponsible way endangers the lives of others."