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MICHIGAN — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been steadily allowing parts of the economy to reopen this week, including manufacturing. But Erik Kiilunen, a Yooper, said it’s time to get everyone working. And now.
To spread his message, he’s erected billboards across the state. They call for a “Take Yourself to Work Day” May 21.
Yes, it’s unofficial and no, it’s probably not a good idea.
“The American citizen has no obligation to sit idly by while his savings and his livelihood are bled dry,” the Upper Peninsula entrepreneur told MLive.
Kiilunen is in Keweenaw County, a peninsula in the northwestern Upper Peninsula, where no coronavirus cases have been reported. He’s the co-founder of Neuvokas Corp., which makes fiber-reinforced rebar for new buildings and roads, and has other businesses.
“I’m smart enough to know what risk is. The risk up here is minuscule,” Kiilunen said of the virus.
The billboards in the Detroit area, Grand Rapids and Lansing say, “All Business Is Essential.” Kiilunen has raised over $25,000 through a GoFundMe page. He is calling May 21 “Michigan Take Yourself to Work Day.”
Whitmer’s office acknowledged sacrifices made by Michigan residents during the coronavirus outbreak but said the virus still is a “very real threat” and certain restrictions are necessary.
The Associated Press continued to this story.