Zorn comments on Whitmer’s long-overdue reopening plan

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer outlined a plan to phase out the state’s COVID-19 restrictions as the state meets certain vaccination rates for people age 16 and older:

“Better late than never. Since mid-April of last year, we have been calling on the governor to give the Michigan people clear guidance about when she would lift her restrictions and allow the state to safely reopen.

“While I am glad the governor has finally come forward with a set of long-overdue benchmarks for fully reopening our state, I am frustrated it took this long and that she continues to act without working with the Legislature on this critical issue.

“Although Michigan families can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, there is nothing to stop the governor from changing direction on the benchmarks.

“It also leaves open some important questions, like what will happen if Michigan doesn’t meet her vaccination percentage goals, and what was the science used in determining the percentage numbers?”