LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Attorney General’s office is asking people to direct complaints related to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order for residents to stay at home to local authorities.
“Due to the overwhelming number of calls related to the Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Orders, the Michigan Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline has been overwhelmed, literally bringing our system to a standstill,” the AG’s office said in a news release Tuesday night.
On Monday, Whitmer ordered nonessential businesses to close for at least three weeks and residents to stay at home except for certain circumstances.
State officials say they are counting on local law enforcement agencies to remind people that failing to comply with the order could result in a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail for each violation.
Michigan State Police told our media partners at 9&10 News in northern Michigan that they are going to increase their visibility on the roads so they are able to respond to situation when needed.
“We are committed to mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keeping the public safe,” said MSP Lt. Derrick Carroll. ”We are working together to coordinate efforts throughout the state to mitigate this and return Michigan back to normal as soon as possible.”
The AG notes it’s focusing on price-gouging and scams related to COVID-19. They are asking for local police to enforce Whitmer’s stay at home order, but they will assist local prosecuting attorneys’ offices as these cases move forward.
“These are incredibly difficult times and we are all in uncharted territory. We ask for everyone’s cooperation, understanding and patience as we diligently work to stop COVID-19,” the news release said.
Local police have asked people to reserve 911 for urgent emergencies.