Theis invites business owners to sign letter urging governor to reopen Michigan

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Lana Theis expressed disappointment that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not announce more businesses could reopen during her Wednesday press conference, and invited business owners throughout the 22nd Senate District to sign on to her letter to the governor, urging her to allow more businesses to reopen.

“Throughout Livingston and Washtenaw counties, and indeed across the whole of Michigan, thousands of private businesses remain shuttered and their employees remain without work due to the governor’s draconian executive orders in response to COVID-19,” said Theis, R-Brighton. “We are in a different place than we were six months ago; Michigan is not facing the same health situation it was in March.

“But we will be facing a man-made economic disaster that could take years to overcome if we don’t get Michiganders back to work. Our focus must be on what work can be done safely instead of the subjective decisions about who may be ‘essential’ or ‘nonessential.’ Livelihoods are essential to everyone, and businesses that remain closed under the governor’s orders should be allowed to safely reopen with measures that have already been applied to those that have already reopened. Let’s get Michigan back to work.”

Business owners may read the full text of the letter at Those interested in signing their name to the letter may fill out a form on the webpage.

Theis’ office will deliver copies of the letter signed by residents to Gov. Whitmer’s office.