Judge Tells Governor Whitmer That Michigan Gyms Can Stay Closed, For Now
On Wednesday night, after being told by a district judge that she could not enforce her executive order that gyms in Michigan stay closed, Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer won in the Michigan Court of Appeals, and as such, is now able to keep gyms closed.
The Detroit Free Press reported that shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday night, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to “delay implementation of a judge’s order that would have allowed indoor gyms to reopen in Michigan beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.”
The appeals court said that Whitmer’s order keeping indoor fitness facilities closed needed to stay in place while the district judge’s original decision to have them reopen was appealed, in order to prevent risk of a second wave of coronavirus.
From the Appeals Court:
“We sympathize deeply with the business owners and their patrons affected by the governor’s order. Crises like COVID-19 can call for quick, decisive measures to save lives. Yet those measures can have extreme costs — costs that often are not borne evenly.
“The decision to impose those costs rests with the political branches of government, in this case, Governor Whitmer.”