Whitmer hopes to start reopening sectors of Michigan economy on May 1

This provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Monday, April 13, 2020. The governor said the state has tough days ahead in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, but a return to normalcy is "on the horizon." (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she hopes to begin reopening parts of the state’s economy on May 1 that have been shut down to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Whitmer did not specifically identify which businesses may be allowed to open but said relaxing stay-home restrictions will come in phases.

Her stay-at-home order is among the nation’s toughest in a state hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and prompted protests this week at the Michigan Capitol that drew thousands of people.

The order is scheduled to expire on April 30. The Democratic governor made her comments during a tele-town hall with the Detroit Regional Chamber on Friday.

She says she plans to talk more about the issue next week.

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