LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer falsely claimed that Michigan has never been under travel restrictions.
During a Wednesday press conference, Governor Whitmer fielded a question from a reporter about her Chief Operations Officer Trish Foster and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Elizabeth Hertel traveling over spring break after she had urged Michiganders not to leave the state.
Whitmer then falsely stated a travel ban never existed in Michigan during the COVID-19 shutdowns.
“There have never been travel restrictions in Michigan,” Whitmer told the reporter. “There just haven’t been.”
However, that’s not true. Whitmer issued orders in April 2020 that extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order and added more restrictions, including a new ban on travel between a people’s main residences and their vacation homes.
The order read: “Those who have multiple homes in Michigan will no longer be allowed to travel freely between those properties.”
Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton) called out Gov. Whitmer on her Facebook page, saying “Whitmer’s (untruthful) response came with an offensive tone. As if even the insinuation of her denying travel through an executive order was an absurd concept.”
Hoitenga added, “[Whitmer] has a short memory.”
On Wednesday, Whitmer also defended the actions of Hertel and Foster, saying “What directors do on their personal time is their business.”
Last week, MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel traveled to Gulf Shores, Alabama and did not follow the guidance of the department she directs.
In addition, Foster left the state and vacationed in Florida during a time when Michigan went through a sharp increase of COVID-19 cases.
Foster is in charge of rolling out the vaccine in Michigan.