Detroit Coronavirus Information

Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, speaks to members of the media during the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. With the largest concentration of top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers and thought leaders, the NAIAS serves as the global stage for companies to debut brand-defining vehicles and industry-shaping announcements. Photographer: Sean Proctor/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Today, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order that will allow renters to remain in their homes throughout the coronavirus pandemic–even if they can’t pay rent.

The decision comes at a time when the total COVID-19 cases in Michigan have grown to exceed 500.  The executive order will remain in effect until 11:59pm on April 17th.

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“Families across the state are facing a number of uncertainties, from concerns about their health and well-being and that of their loved ones to when their next paycheck will arrive. Worrying about whether they’ll be evicted from their home, apartment or mobile home should not be on this list.  This executive order will ease a burden on families struggling to make ends meet and allow them to focus on what’s most important — staying safe and healthy.”

While the order is only in effect until mid-April, Whitmer does have the power through executive order to extend or reinstate these rules at a later time.

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