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Statement of Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah on Gov. Whitmer’s “Stay at Home” Order

March 23, 2020

“Chamber leadership has been working with Gov. Whitmer and her senior staff over the last week and into the weekend as a trusted advisor regarding the announcement today of a broad ‘stay at home, stay safe, save lives’ order.

We know that this was a very difficult decision for the governor and her administration to make. From our discussions, we know that the economic considerations were top of mind as she made this important decision.

The Chamber is grateful that her office was eager to take the input of the business community seriously. We are pleased several of the recommendations we made to the governor were incorporated in today’s announcement.

We know this is a difficult decision for many businesses to process. According to epidemiologists, public health officials, and other health care professionals, the chamber has been advised that measures such as a ‘stay at home’ order, are the only way to avoid this pandemic from lasting into a period of months, therefore, greatly exacerbating the financial and health toll of this pandemic.

Actions such as those taken by Gov. Whitmer today put us in a better position to shorten this crisis and to allow our health care system to better deal with the overwhelming demand that is soon expected.”

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