Mich. to allow factories to begin phase one of reopening

In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, May 7, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

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UPDATED 9:21 AM PT — Monday, May 11, 2020

Manufacturing in Michigan officially started up again Monday after six weeks of closures. Pressure on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) to begin allowing business to resume escalated recently.

It came to a head last week when Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced manufacturing would restart operations Monday as well. Gov. Whitmer is allowing plants to begin work as long as they abide by strict safety guidelines.

The reopening of key factories in Detroit will likely help rekindle America’s automotive industry, which has struggled during the coronavirus pandemic.

“And it will not be business as usual at the plants by any means, workers immediately will notice a huge difference as they come through the gates,” said Michelle Krebs, economic analyst for Autotrader. “For one, they don’t want massive amounts of people, which is typical, to go through the gates at all at the same time…they will have those staggered.”

Detroit’s ‘Big Three’ automakers, Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, plan to begin basic vehicle production and some supporting operations.

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