Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is again doubling down on her ongoing pandemic safety message to the people of the Great Lakes State. She has released a brief video this morning in which she once again strongly encourages everyone to stay safe on Thanksgiving and in the holiday weekend ahead by wearing a mask, practicing safe physical distancing, washing hands frequently, and following the state health department’s epidemic orders on gathering sizes.
In the video, she has also proclaimed the national holiday of Thursday, November 26, 2020 as Thanksgiving Day in Michigan.
Here is part of her message: “Thanksgiving is about taking time to appreciate the things around us as well as give to others. This year in particular, I am thankful for our frontline workers in our hospitals, child care centers, grocery stores, and everyone else who put their lives on the line to protect our families from COVID-19. As the weather gets colder and as cases continue to skyrocket, we must do everything we can to protect these heroes on the front lines.” She adds, “We all have a role to play to keep our family, friends, neighbors, and frontline workers safe. I know this year will be different, but to protect our families, frontline workers, and small businesses, we must make short-term sacrifices for our long-term health.”
Here is a direct link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MYH_X1evWg&feature=youtu.be
Last week, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued new orders limiting indoor gatherings where COVID-19 spreads rapidly. They say that those steps are what the public health experts say we need to take to avoid overwhelmed hospitals and death counts like we saw in the spring. Doing so will also protect the medical workers, first responders, and other essential workers putting their lives on the line to protect everyone.
Click this link for the Governor’s Proclamation: Thanksgiving-Day-2020-Proclamation