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  • James Townsend

Rep. Calley urges residents to heed governor’s stay-at-home order

State Rep. Julie Calley urged residents to follow the stay-at-home order issued today by the governor to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan.

Calley, of Portland, said the order directs residents to stay in their homes unless they’re working a job in a critical service industry, engaging in outdoor activities, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and will last for at least the next three weeks.

“We all need to stay at home as much as possible over the next few weeks. Not only will this protect our own families, but also our neighbors and their loved ones,” Calley said. “Please continue to follow the advice of our medical professionals and take precautions to slow the spread of this virus. We will get through this faster if everyone does their part.”

Calley stressed that Executive Order 2020-21 allows critical operations such as banks, grocery stores and gas stations to remain open. Restaurants will also be allowed to remain open for take-out food services. According to the order, the critical workforce includes jobs in sectors such as health care, public safety, food and agriculture, public works and energy services.

Reliable information about COVID-19 can be found at and Residents with health-related questions can also call Michigan’s coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or email

Calley said her office remains ready to serve residents and answer their questions, though staff is working remotely. Residents can continue to reach her office by calling (517) 373-0842 or emailing

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