Dr. Scott Atlas, a member of the Trump administration's coronavirus task force has encouraged members of the public in Michigan to “rise up” against new coronavirus restrictions put in place by Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday.
“Today’s order, which takes effect Wednesday, Nov. 18, is not a blanket stay-home action like in the spring,” the state said.
“The order leaves open work that cannot be performed from home, including for manufacturing, construction and health occupations. Outdoor gatherings, outdoor dining and parks remain open. Individualized activities with distancing and face masks are still allowed: retail shopping; public transit; restaurant takeout; personal-care services such as haircuts, by appointment; and individualized exercise at a gym, with extra spacing between machines.”
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released a graphic indicating what would be allowed to remain open, and what would be forced to close.
Premises that are being forced to close include in-person school, college and university learning, workplaces were workers are able to work from home, bars, indoor restaurants, organized sport (excluding professional sports), arenas, bowling concerts, movie theaters, indoor water parks, bingo halls, arcades, group fitness classes, ice skating rinks, and stadiums.
“Michigan has seen fewer outbreaks associated with elementary and middle schools, and younger children are most in need of in-person instruction,” the state continued. “In-person K-8 schooling may continue if it can be done with strong mitigation, including mask requirements, based on discussion between local health and school officials. Childcare also remains open to support working parents.”
Responding to a tweet containing a graphic showing what was open and closed, Atlas responded, “The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp”
Atlas later quote-tweeted himself, adding: “Hey. I NEVER was talking at all about violence. People vote, people peacefully protest. NEVER would I endorse or incite violence. NEVER!!”
“In the spring, we listened to public health experts, stomped the curve, and saved thousands of lives together. Now, we must channel that same energy and join forces again to protect our families, frontline workers, and small businesses,” Whitmer stated. “Right now, there are thousands of cases a day and hundreds of deaths a week in Michigan, and the number is growing. If we don’t act now, thousands more will die, and our hospitals will continue to be overwhelmed. We can get through this together by listening to health experts once again, and taking action right now to slow the spread of this deadly virus.” Whitmer responded to Atlas’ comments during an appearance on CNN, telling Wolf Blitzer: “We know that the White House likes to single us out here in Michigan — me out in particular. I’m not gonna be bullied into not following reputable scientists and medical professionals.”
Whitmer also tweeted out an image on Twitter, showing what was allowed to remain open and what was to close. The image did not indicate if churches were allowed to remain open or not.