LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she hopes to begin reopening parts of Michigan’s economy on May 1 after weeks of a strict stay-at-home order that has crippled businesses and caused more than 1 million unemployed people to seek aid.
Whitmer didn’t identify which businesses will be allowed to open but said Friday that relaxing restrictions will come in phases.
Her stay-at-home order that runs through April 30 is among the nation’s toughest, and prompted a protest at the Michigan Capitol on Thursday.
Meanwhile, new coronavirus cases rose by 2% on Friday, a much slower pace than in previous days.