stay home stay safe

State of Michigan /

It was just over a year ago that residents of Michigan were told to “stay home...stay safe” by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, otherwise referred to as “lockdown” by some people due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor city administrator Tom Crawford to find out what impact that has had on the city and what else has been going on in City Hall as work continues, despite the global health crisis.

Marco Verch /

When COVID-19 hit, Michigan almost immediately halted can and bottle returns.  Not only has it had an impact on local grocers and big box chain stores, it has affected recycling waste management and the companies that make cans and bottles.  Returns are now allowed again, but the ripple effect may last a while.  WEMU's David Fair has a conversation with Scott Breen, vice president of sustainability for the Can Manfacturers Institute, about the potential impact this will have on our environment and economy for this week's "Issues of the Environment."

Susan Cerniglia
Linkedin /

This week, Michigan's stay-at-home restrictions will be lifted, which will allow restaurants, salons, summer camps, and other specialty businesses to reopen.  Yet, a second wave of coronavirus infections remains a possibility.  WEMU's David Fair speaks to Washtenaw County Health spokesperson Susan Cerniglia about how the county plans to address such concerns.

Micah Bartelme
Micah Bartelme

As Ann Arbor bars and restaurants prepare to reopen after being closed by the pandemic since mid-March, things will definitely be different.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Micah Bartelme, principal and CEO of BarStar Group, which owns and operates several Ann Arbor area bars and restaurants, including Nightcap, LoFi, and Babs Underground in the downtown area.  Also a board member of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, he talks about the far-reaching effects the global health crisis has had on the Ann Arbor restaurant scene.

Vineyard Church

Some churches in Washtenaw County are not rushing to reopen their doors after the stay-at-home executive order was lifted.  

The Arts Alliance /

Having waited weeks for an all-clear, even it is cautionary, the rules governing the reopening for arts and creative businesses are not exactly clear.  It might not even be their most important concern as national attention is directed toward equity and justice amid protests of the police brutality and the law enforcement killings of black people.  The music industry declared June 2 “Blackout Tuesday” to urge artists and venues to shut down all programming and content.  Hear Deb Polich and David Fair discuss these topics on this edition of "creative:impact."  Listen here.

Ann Arbor YMCA Will Offer Summer Camps

May 22, 2020

The Ann Arbor YMCA will offer summer camps in Washtenaw County this year once the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order is lifted.  

Michigan Capitol
Wikipedia Media Commons /

There was another rally Thursday at the state Capitol to protest Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s continued use of emergency powers to slow the spread of COVID-19.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

MI Nurses Association

The Michigan Nurses Association is filing a legal brief in support of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay At Home Order.

Jimena Loveluck
Washtenaw County /

From contact tracing to continuing to social distance, Washtenaw County health officer Jimena Loveluck talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about where we are now in the battle with COVID-19 and what we will need to do to try to move back into some sense of "normalcy."

Ann Arbor
John Reyes /

Restaurants were one of the first and hardest hit by our current health crisis and looks like they will remain closed for a while.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with John Reyes of about how Washtenaw County restaurants are evolving during the current health crisis and what they are doing to try and still serve customers and maintain their bottom line.


Washtenaw County /

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will discuss tonight how they may move forward with county operations amid a COVID-19 crisis.

Michigan Capitol
Corey Seeman /

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says protests at the state Capitol where demonstrators displayed Confederate flags and swastikas don’t represent most Michiganders.  She defended the state and her efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 on national television.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

Michigan Capitol
Wikipedia Media Commons /

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued new executive orders Thursday to extend Michigan’s COVID-19 state of emergency for another four weeks.  That was after Republicans in the Legislature refused her request to extend the emergency through May 28th.  The Legislature’s Republican leaders say they are ready to go to court to block future use of the emergency powers the governor has exercised to address the coronavirus crisis.  We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.

State Senator Jeff Irwin

The Michigan state Legislature garnered national attention Thursday with reports that protesters with rifles faced off against security and some lawmakers hoping their voices would be heard opposing an extension of the Governor's emergency order in response to the current health pandemic.

After a long day on the state Senate floor, WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Washtenaw County state Senator Jeff Irwin to get his take on what happened Thursday at the state Capitol.

Peter Jacobson
University of Michigan School of Public Health /

People are starting to get restless, and, as new cases of COVID-19 decline, people are getting more anxious to get back to their lives as they were before the pandemic.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Peter Jacobson, Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy at the University of Michigan, about his views of how we can begin to gather in small groups and the legal aspects of challenging the current stay at home order.

Sandro Cinti
Michigan Medicine /

Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Sandro Cinti says we have "undoubtedly flattened" the coronavirus curve, as they see more patients being discharged than admitted for the disease.  He spoke to WEMU's Lisa Barry about his concerns though that reopening the economy too soon might cause another increase in the number of cases.

Michigan State Senate
Wikipedia Media Commons /

The state Senate was in Lansing Tuesday and, as we hear from Rick Pluta, the Republican-controlled chamber adopted resolutions asking Governor Gretchen Whitmer to reconsider aspects of her stay-at-home orders.

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County Sheriff /

As Governor Whitmer has extended her "Stay Home Stay Safe" order, public safety concerns in Washtenaw County are ongoing.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton spoke with WEMU's David Fair about the health of those in the Sheriff's Office and in the county jail and how law enforcement practices are evolving.  Additionally, the Sheriff previews a special Facebook live event tonight that will allow residents to have their concerns addressed by a number of community partners. 

Gretchen Whitmer
Wikipedia Media Commons /

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued a new COVID-19 executive order.  This order sets rules to help manage the re-opening of some businesses and recreational activities.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

Bob Quinn
Ross School of Business /

Now that the "stay home stay safe" executive order has been extended by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to mid-May, many people may be having a difficult time dealing with the extended restrictions.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Bob Quinn, professor emeritus of management and organizations and one of the co-founders of the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, who offers wise advice for dealing with what he called "the biggest event of our lifetime."

Wikipedia Media Commons /

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to outline plans Friday to lift some travel restrictions and to allow some businesses to resume operating – even if it’s at just partial capacity.  Many Republicans in the Legislature have been unhappy with how Whitmer’s used her authority during the COVID-19 crisis.  GOP leaders have called a special Friday session to vote on measures to place new restrictions on her emergency powers. Rick Pluta reports.

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority /

Ridership at the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as The Ride, has drastically decreased during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Wikipedia Media Commons /

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says her strict stay-at-home order and the shutdown of many businesses appears to be slowing the spread of COVID-19.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

Michigan Conservative Coalition / Facebook

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s expanded stay-at-home order has passionate supporters and ardent critics.  It’s being challenged in federal court.  And foes of the order are planning a rally today at the state Capitol.  Their plan is to have a caravan of cars and trucks drive around the four blocks that surround the building.  That will allow them to register their objections without violating the order.  We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta. 

Theo Eggermont
Linkedin /

The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend wearing gloves and masks while in public.  More and more people are following recommended guidelines.  However, getting rid of those personal protective equipment (PPE) items is often being done improperly.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Washtenaw County Public Works manager Theo Eggermont about proper disposal to protect public health and the environment.  

Lake Michigan
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Roughly half of the workers in Michigan's tourism industry have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Dave Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan, creators of the "Pure Michigan" campaign.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with Lorenz about the immediate impact of the health crisis, who says it will likely take some time, but pent-up demand for travel will benefit the state down the road.

Michigan State Senate
Wikipedia Media Commons /

The state Senate leader says he wants to start planning now to allow some businesses to resume operations amid the coronavirus crisis.  Rick Pluta reports.

Sandro Cinti
Michigan Medicine /

Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Sandro Cinti says the spread of COVID-19 is progressing as expected and expects continued movement with a continued increase in cases in the next week to week-and-a-half.


WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Cinti, who shares the latest information about the virus and its spread and impact on our community and lives.



Joneigh Khaldun
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services /

It could be another month before the Coronavirus pandemic even peaks, according to Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  

WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with the state health leader about the latest developments concerning the pandemic and what that means to Michigan residents.