Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that it has temporarily suspended the seasonal weight restrictions for trucks and other vehicles delivering cargo or people directly related to combating the COVID-19 outbreak.

The suspension is to last until April 13 in regard to deliveries in Michigan of freight or vital passengers covering these criteria:

  • Medical supplies and equipment for testing, diagnosis and treatment of coronavirus
  • Supplies for community safety and sanitation, including masks gloves, hand sanitizer, soap & disinfectants
  • Food for “emergency restocking” of stores
  • Equipment, supplies or people needed for temporary housing, quarantine and isolation facilities related to coronavirus
  • People designated by federal, state or local government for medical isolation or quarantine
  • People necessary for medical and emergency services

Gov Whitmer said:

“This is a crisis unlike any we’ve dealt with before, and we must do everything we can to ensure our communities have the resources they need to get through it as safely as possible.

“This order will help us deliver the supplies people need to slow the spread of coronavirus and protect the most people we can.

“It’s crucial that during this time, we continue to work together to protect our families and loved ones. I will keep working with leaders across state government to put the best interest of Michiganders first.”

The executive order by Gov Whitmer asks road agencies to “work quickly to process permits that allow non-seasonal load restrictions to be exceeded for deliveries that meet immediate needs”.

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