LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – The state of Michigan is shutting down in-person office work for another six months, telling Michiganders if they can work from home they should do so to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Research indicates that offices rank as some of the lowest risk environments which spread COVID-19 due to high cubicles and individual offices where doors can be closed.

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“We’re really frustrated,” said Wendy Block with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. “It’s time for the government to get the thumb off the backs of Michiganders.”

Block said many companies started to implement their own safety and cleaning measures prior to the state mandating what she calls “a one-size approach” to managing all Michigan work environments.

Michigan is continuing to see a surge in COVID-19 cases despite an upwards of 90 percent compliance rate of mask wearing since July 13th. The state has also endured one of the strictest lockdown measures nationwide and numbers indicate that did not mitigate the spread of COVID-19 or its variants.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has suggested the state’s schools move to online learning for the next two weeks and suspend sports practices and competitions. Many school districts have continued with in person learning, and offered online learning options as well. The MHSAA, which governs school sports in Michigan, is not heeding Whitmer’s suggestions.

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared to acknowledge that the state’s continued lockdowns and pauses contributed to lack of antibodies.

While The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised the state to lockdown again, reports indicate that states with the strictest mandates, including Michigan, New York, and California, have not mitigated the spread of the virus.

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Surrounding states have lifted lockdowns and moved to “mask advisories.”