VanderWall opposes 70-day state of emergency extension

‘The governor’s recent announcement is not the right call at this time’

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, issued the following statement Friday in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desire for a 70-day extension of Michigan’s emergency declaration:

“I understand that during this unprecedented time of caution and care, as we battle this pandemic, extraordinary measures must be taken. However, all decisions by our state and national leaders should be considered carefully.

“The governor’s initial declaration of a state of emergency was the correct decision. It was a necessary one to mobilize action and resources.

“I am open to extending the state of emergency, but the governor’s recent announcement that she would like it extended by 70 days — to June 10 — is not the right call at this time.

“There are simply too many uncertainties surrounding this virus and the course it is going to take in Michigan over the next few days and weeks. We must be able to respond quickly, and a 70-day extension does not allow for that.

“The Legislature will be working with the governor to determine a reasonable extension of the state of emergency at this time.

“In the meantime, I urge everyone to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out, and to continue to wash your hands often and practice social distancing when you must go out.”