Governor Gretchen Whitmer has lengthened her stay-at-home order through May 15 while relaxing restrictions so some businesses can reopen and the public can participate in more outdoor activities like golf and motorized boating.

The measure is designed to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

It immediately replaces one that was scheduled to expire next week.

The Democratic governor’s order says people are now required to face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as grocery stores if they can medically tolerate it.

You catch watch the raw video of Gov. Whitmer’s announcement below:

Landscapers, lawn-service companies, plant nurseries and bike repair shops can resume operating, subject to social-distancing rules.

Big-box retailers no longer have to close off garden centers and areas dedicated to selling paint and carpet.

Response to the extension was quick.

“The extension of Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order through May 15 is the right decision at this time and one that will require all of us to continue practicing common sense and social distancing. “

Dr. Mohammed Arsiwala, president of the Michigan State Medical Society

“Shelter-in-place measures are the best way to keep our loved ones safe from COVID-19, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to extend Michigan’s order will save lives,” said Committee to Protect Medicare Executive Director Rob Davidson, MD, an emergency physician in West Michigan.

“Right now, 28 percent of Michigan residents are worried about putting food on their tables during this pandemic and now they can purchase garden seeds in stores and go fishing by themselves. Michiganders cherish the outdoors, and these commonsense changes will allow them to safely enjoy more time outside.”

Congressman John Moolenaar (4th District)