Recognizing the rule of law from the Michigan Supreme Court on Friday regarding the validity of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Orders, the state’s Attorney General says she will “no longer enforce” them, but places “fervent hope” that people will continue to abide by key measures including masks and social distancing among others.
Attorney General Dana Nessel has issued the following statement today, shared by her Press Secretary Ryan Jarvi on her behalf:
“In light of the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday, the Attorney General will no longer enforce the Governor’s Executive Orders through criminal prosecution. However, her decision is not binding on other law enforcement agencies or state departments with independent enforcement authority. It’s her fervent hope that people continue to abide by the measures that Governor Whitmer put in place – like wearing face masks, adhering to social distancing requirements and staying home when sick – since they’ve proven effective at saving lives. If it weren’t for the Governor’s actions, countless more of our friends, family and neighbors would have been lost to COVID-19. We can respect both the court’s decision and the advice of medical experts by continuing with these important measures voluntarily.”