Builders, contractors ask Michigan governor to let them get back to work

DETROIT – Michigan builders and contractors have asked the governor to get them back to work.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Friday announced an extension of the state’s stay-at-home order. This new arrangement allows some workers to return to work amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

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Kindergartens, lawn maintenance, bike shops, and landscaping can reopen. Stores selling unneeded goods can be reopened for roadside pickup and delivery, and large box retailers no longer have to close down garden centers and areas that sell paint, floors, and carpets.

However, building owners and contractors are still not allowed to work.

Michigan associate builders and contractors are applying for work permits and finding that those workers can take the necessary social distancing measures that the governor requires of companies.

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“Michigan’s builders and contractors have implemented proven work-safe plans. You shared these plans with Governor Whitmer. It is imperative that she listens to both the workers whose jobs are devastating and the data that clearly states they can safely return to work. Said Chris Beckering, executive vice president of Pioneer Construction at Grand Rapids.

ABC Michigan state director Jeff Wiffins said weeks had been spent figuring out safe return-to-work practices while sharing those plans with Whitmer.

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“Keeping workers out of safe jobs doesn’t stop the virus, but it is devastating families in Michigan. The data shows that Michigan has flattened the curve. It’s time to allow Michigan’s busy artisans to get back to work, ”said Wiggins.

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