Michigan should let some contractors work under 'stay at home' order, says lawmaker

Mar 31, 2020

State Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona)
Credit Michigan House of Representatives

The state house majority leader wants the Governor to let some Michigan businesses get back to work. State Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) said so in a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer late Monday.

Cole says he's heard from construction crews, landscapers and contractors that want clarification on whether or not they can operate under the governor's "stay at home" order.

"Can we have members of the same household that are a work crew out doing something where there is no further interaction?" Cole said.

In the letter, Cole asked for small changes to the order that would allow for some businesses to operate safely.

"For example, a limit on crew size or allowing crews to stagger throughout a 24-hour timeline, among others. Single-family new construction projects... can be completed with very limited social interaction and without jeopardizing public safety," Cole wrote.

He added that clarification from the state would still allow counties to enforce the order while letting others work.

"People are gonna be out and about doing things, that's why we need this clarification," Cole said. "Families can stay home, they have the security that mom and dad are out and able to be safe and still earn a little bit of income."

All "non-essential" businesses are closed under the governor's order, which is slated to last until April 13.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the governor's office has not responded to Cole's letter.