LANSING, MICH. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer released a video today encouraging Michignders to stay safe on Thanksgiving and over the holiday weekend by wearing a mask, practicing safe physical distancing, washing hand frequently, and following the new Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) epidemic order. She also proclaimed our beloved national holiday on Thursday, November 26, 2020 as Thanksgiving Day in Michigan.
“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,” said Governor Whitmer. “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.”
Last week, Governor Whitmer and MDHHS issued new orders limiting indoor gatherings where COVID-19 spreads rapidly. These 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 this will also protect the medical workers, first responders, and other essential workers putting their lives on the line to protect us.
To view the proclamation, click the link below: