Allow Motorized Boats on Michigan Waterways during COVID-19 Quarantine

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today (4/10/2020) that they are no longer allowing motorized boats on any Michigan waterway during the stay at home order. However, they are allowing kayaks and canoes. Those of us that enjoy the outdoors and only have a motorized boat are now not able to. The original executive order stated that the Michigan government encouraged people to use the state's natural resources and that boating is allowed as long as you are going with someone in your own household. By changing these rules to not allow motorized boats, nothing is being done to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it only limits who can go enjoy Michigan's waterways. In these tough times, some people are having a hard time finding meat in the super markets as well, by keeping the waterways open to all, this will allow people to legally catch food for their families. Lastly, by allowing people to take their boats out, you are in a way helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as people are on their boat away from others in society. By closing these things down, it will cause people to go out in public more and interact with more people as they will become bored in their houses on a nice day.