Michigan’s new stay-at-home order restricts access to gardening and home improvement sections in grocery stores

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If you were thinking of using this quarantine to do some home beautification, think again.

On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan’s stay-at-home executive order, which is now in effect through April 30. In addition to extending the duration that nonessential businesses are to remain closed and Michigan residents are to remain at home, leaving only to pursue physical exercise or to shop for essential items, Thursday’s extension also expanded other facets of the shutdown. The new executive order prohibits people from traveling for vacations, lowers maximum occupancy in stores, mandates designated social-distancing markers in high-traffic areas of stores, and limits access to nonessential items at stores.

“If you’re not buying food or medicine or other essential items, you should not be going to the store,” Whitmer said Thursday.

According to the order, stores that occupy more than

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