Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) admitted to CNN’s Chris Wallace that some lockdown decisions did not “make a lot of sense.” Wallace asked the governor, referring to the 2020 Covid-19 lockdowns, “I’m just curious, if there is one thing in particular that you could do differently and, again, knowing then what you know now, what would it be?”
The governor responded, “You know, there were moments where, you know, we had to make some decisions that, in retrospect, don’t make a lot of sense, right?” She continued, “If you went to the hardware store, you could go to the hardware store, but we didn’t want people to be congregating around the garden supplies. People said, ‘Oh, she’s outlawed seeds.’ It was February in Michigan, and nobody was planting anyway. But that being said, some of those policies, I look back and think maybe that was a little more than what we needed to do.”
From The Blaze:
In April 2020, Whitmer issued an executive order to "suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life." The strict lockdown measures required stores to close off aisles that the governor deemed non-essential, including flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, and paint. ... "By April 13, 2020, refrain from the advertising or promotion of goods that are not groceries, medical supplies, or items that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and basic operation of residences," [the executive order] continued.