The stay-at-home order in Rhode Island will be allowed to expire today, but governors of two other states extended restrictions.
Pennsylvania: Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on Thursday extended the stay-at-home order for most of the state until June 4, but allowed it to be lifted today in 28 of the state’s 67 counties. Those counties, which have met benchmarks for new cases and testing, are in the less populated northwest and north-central parts of the state.
Michigan: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Thursday extended the stay-at-home order until May 28. She did, however, loosen restrictions to allow manufacturing workers to return to work on May 11. Whitmer has been under pressure from other state leaders and from protesters, who have massed at the capitol and outside her home. “When we all keep doing our part, we can reduce the risk of a second wave,” she said in a statement Thursday.
Michigan’s order had been set to expire next Friday, May 15, which is a big day on the stay-at-home timetable. Orders are set to expire then in Arizona, Delaware, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York and Vermont — although Vermont’s governor indicated earlier this week that he intends to extend his state’s order.