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Whitmer extends personal protection orders until July 21

The order takes immediate effect.
Credit: AP
In a pool photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The governor lengthened her stay-at-home order through May 15, while lifting restrictions so some businesses can reopen and the public can participate in outdoor activities like golf and motorized boating during the coronavirus pandemic. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Monday that extends the validity of personal protection orders that would be expiring during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Under the order, law enforcement agencies are required to extend the validity of PPO to July 21. This directive coincides with a Michigan Supreme Court administrative order that extends PPO until 90 days after Michigan's emergency declaration is lifted. 

“Michiganders who file for personal protection orders due to threats, stalking, and abuse should have peace of mind in their homes during the ongoing health crisis,” Whitmer said. “By extending the expiration of existing personal protection orders, we are helping secure the safety of vulnerable residents as we continue to flatten the curve and plan for Michigan’s resurgence.”  

The order takes immediate effect.

Read the executive order here.

“Unfortunately, these victims are particularly vulnerable to stalking and harassment — which is why they sought protection in the first place,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “Until today, victims were unable to effectively seek extensions of PPOs during this health care crisis – building upon the anxiety of an already fearful situation.”  

During the pandemic, local law enforcement agencies have also been reporting a big uptick in domestic violence calls. 

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