Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the Michigan stay-at-home order would be extended through June 12 this Friday evening.
The order will keep movie theaters, gyms, casinos and other public spaces closed. However, beginning May 26, retail business and auto dealerships will be able to reopen, given that customers shop by appointment. Starting May 29, doctors and dentists will be able to treat non-emergency patients. Lastly, Whitmer announced groups of 10 or less may gather as long as social distancing is being practiced.
The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs met virtually Monday afternoon with Rebecca Cunningham, vice president of research at the University of Michigan, to discuss the pilot phase in the reopening of research labs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an email sent Saturday, University President Mark Schlissel announced that laboratory research will begin to resume with restrictions, citing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order which allows research activities to resume.
In the email, Schlissel said all lab work that can be done remotely must continue to be done remotely. As Whitmer detailed in the MI Safe Smart Plan, some economic work can begin in phases. The University plans to follow a similar plan with a gradual return, beginning with some in-person lab work.
In a virtual town hall held Tuesday morning, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., discussed the implication and effects of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act and answered a variety of other questions.
In addition, Dingell discussed the stay-at-home orders in Michigan, particularly pointing to the challenge of where to draw the line between protecting individual rights and the common good as Michigan considers reopening.
According to an email sent to faculty, students and staff from Susan M. Collins, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, the University will implement a coordinating committee and six topic-focused committees to work on specific guidelines and principles for the fall term.
In addition, the email echoed sentiments from University President Mark Schlissel sent earlier this week that the administration is “cautiously optimistic” that they will be able to deliver a public-health informed in-person fall semester.