State Police Asked to Enforce COVID Laws

An Executive Directive was signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer earlier this week that directed state departments and heads of autonomous agencies to do a better job of enforcing COVID-19 laws. Those laws include capacity limitations and safety protocols. It was also announced that the State Police will be enforcing COVID laws just like any other laws.

Cases of COVID-19 have risen from 15 per million to 50 per million from mid-June to late July. Whitmer fears that Michigan could move back into Phase Three if the infection rate continues on the upward trajectory. She is relying on enforcement of the prevention practices to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus. Nursing homes, meat processing plants, and agricultural housing are singled out in the directive as requiring an increase in compliance enforcement.

Departments are asked to consider revoking licenses where violations are found. According to the press release from the Governor’s office, the Michigan State Police will be enforcing the laws, such as executive orders and DHHS epidemic orders, in the same manner as any other violation of law, applying their discretion as appropriate. 

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland