Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued her 160th executive order this year, and while most people obediently follow these orders, apparently the City of Ludington has decided they are immune to them. The order, which went into effect and 12:01 AM this morning, labels itself as an 'amended safe start order'. It says in relevant part:
Subject to the exceptions in sections 8 and 9, the following places are closed to entry, use, and occupancy by members of the public: (e) outdoor services or facilities involving close contact of persons, for amusement or other recreational or entertainment purposes, such as... water parks, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities.
The two exceptions do not apply for the City's defense in any way, the first allowing provisions for regions 6 and 8 (north of us) and the second allowing for several specific occasions. It was noted in the news that due to this latest executive order, nearby Michigan Adventure will be closing. It should also be noted that her EO #110 that allowed swimming pools and similar facilities to reopen was specifically rescinded by this latest order, which means that her majesty's permission for swimming pools and similar facilities is no longer around.
The public splash pad at Copeyon Park therefore, should be immediately closed and not operable starting today, and yet the following picture was taken earlier today at that facility:
There are no signs around the area noting that the area is closed. Has city hall decided that it doesn't need to follow Lansing's orders, even when they are effectively a political subdivision of state government?
Apparently, because they are also still utilizing their 'public pool' at Harbor View Marina. This picture was also taken this afternoon.
The swimming pool's definition is still in dispute, it is ran by the City of Ludington in the process of leasing it from the State but signs all over the facility says it's 'private'. They have made clear that slip holders of both city marinas can use the pool, they have also allowed a local condominium association to use it as well-- so this swimming pool could be looked at as a Petri dish for viruses from all over the state and country, as few slip holders are actually local.
One would have to believe Whitmer would not approve of this total disregard of her executive orders by a state subdivision in two different ways, potentially spreading the coronavirus under her name. This is why the Ludington Torch is going to be reporting this potential health crisis to the appropriate state authorities, and hope that Attorney General Dana Nessel can close these dangerous facilities the same way she closed Fivecap for minor transgressions.
Not only do we have to put up with a mentally unstable woke female Governor we also must still pay attention to the other x governor who is part of the bookends of a pair of the worst Governors to ever hold that office in Michigan.
Where are the damned Republicans who were going to stop this power hungry Governor. The Republican party is now full of weak kneed children.
The Michigan Republicans are all AWOL, except for State Senator Curt VanderWall who's raking in money from his company's quid pro quo work for Cities in his senate district.
Mostly unrelated comment here... Invasion of the Body Snatchers is on TV tonight on the AXS channel for anyone interested
I fell asleep the last time I watched that movie. When I woke up later, I felt somehow different, like I was born again into a world without fear and hate.
Same thing as happened the day after I got those seeds from China...
Latest guidance from Lansing:
Tiffany Brown, Whitmer’s press secretary, released the following statement: “We’re in the middle of a pandemic with a virus that spreads in crowded places. Amusement parks that allow large numbers of people to congregate, including waterslide parks, are precisely the kind of environment that could facilitate spread. If we want our schools to open, we’ve got to make tough choices about limiting our contacts,” the statement reads.
“Amusement parks have long been closed across most of the state, including in the Grand Rapids region. Waterparks chose to read the governor’s prior orders, however, not to apply to its activities. This latest executive order clarified what should have been clear all along: their doors must remain shut for the time being to protect the public health of Michiganders.”
Wikipedia: "A water park or waterpark is an amusement park that features water play areas such as swimming pools, water slides, splash pads, water playgrounds, and lazy rivers, as well as areas for floating, bathing, swimming, and other barefoot environments.
I agree that if the City wants to follow Whitmer's misguided and false assumption on Covid19 then the City must comply with her order. The problem is that she is absolutely wrong about water parks.
Chlorine is the most commonly used disinfectant in public and private pools, and for good reason. It has a long history of successfully killing viruses in the water, including SARS, another type of coronavirus.
Another thing is in Whitmer's statement she keeps referring to the terminology that gives the impression that the public is supportive of her idiocy. She uses terms like "we're" and "we" but she really doesn't get it. And I think most people don't understand what she is doing to our Constitutional rights. We are not making these decisions, "she" is and "we" are being forced to go along with those decisions under penalty of the law.
This madness has to stop
Yes, it operated yesterday and today, so has the HVM pool.
The wriggle room is very small, but we'll see what the governor's agencies say about Ludington's continuance of running 'facilities involving close contact of persons, for amusement or other recreational or entertainment purposes, such as... water parks, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities'.
It's amusing John-Shay-era propaganda where the City deflects the fact that they were operating the splash pad contrary to the governor's EO, and instead tries to pin the blame on the person who reported the violation. It has been noted. I definitely was the one who reported the violation to multiple agencies. Local governments should be abiding by the state's rules, not thinking themselves immune to them; that's what has gotten the City in trouble in the past.