Shirkey responds to “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, issued the following statement regarding the issuance of Executive Order 2020-21 by Governor Whitmer:

“Governor Whitmer has taken additional action to compel citizens to limit social contact. The Governor has further defined what we understand to be true, that our best defense against COVID-19 is our personal behavior.

Michigan has moved into a new phase in our battle against COVID-19. It is a step none of us wanted to see happen, but one that is necessary. Our response to these orders could be the determining factor in how long the virus impacts our state.

The Senate has been in regular communication with our Governor and her team to offer ideas on how to maintain the ability of individuals to access essential goods and services, while at the same time taking aggressive action to help flatten the curve. We will see an increase in numbers as our healthcare system continues to treat those affected by the virus and gather additional data.

We realize these orders have a dramatic impact on our families, our job providers, and our economy. Senators have provided input on these orders based on information from our constituents about how these measures impact their lives and livelihood. We are actively working on short and long-term responses to help people across Michigan.

Senators and staff continue to be accessible to our citizens. Please visit for contact information. We will do our best to answer questions and provide direction,” said Shirkey.

Information regarding Michigan’s response to COVID-19 and the Governor’s executive orders can be found at