Michigan's Governor Gretchen Whitmer is getting the headlines for public pushback against some of her quarantine decisions..like you can go to the superstore and buy bread but not a garden hose, you can buy a box of Pop-Tarts but not a can of paint.
In Michigan state, any big-box store that is over 50,000 square feet is required to rope off its carpet or flooring, furniture, and paint departments along with its garden centers and plant nurseries.
What's up with that?  Once you are out of the house you are out, right?  What more risk is there to adding a bag of Miracle Grow to your cart?
Michiganders rolled out yesterday to show their displeasure but as Yahoo news reports, it's happening in other states too.

In some areas of the U.S. the local governments are stopping big box stores from selling non-essential items. So in these areas, stores that have been allowed to stay open, such as Costco, Walmart, and Target because they sell things like groceries, won’t be allowed to sell non-essential items such as toys, games, etc.

"They" say it's to accomplish two things: to prevent shoppers from spending unnecessary time browsing the store, and also to make it fairer to other stores that sell mostly nonessential items and have been forced to close during this time.  You buy that?

There is absolutely no guarantee that Mom & Pop Garden Stores will capture the business when all stores open.  All the decisions do now is assure that consumers can'twant and need now.  L-A-M-E!

For example, under Vermont’s new regulations, retailers must “cease in-person sales” of  “arts and crafts, beauty, carpet and flooring, home and garden, jewelry, paint, photo services, sports equipment, and toys.”

One train of thought appeared on Twitter - “Why ban non essential items when a person is already in that store. They are killing the businesses and the economy. If the store is closed completely that’s different but to say I can’t buy something when I’m in the store is bull. It’s time to fight back.”

And more and more people are or are about to.

The Patriot Post points out, "Michigan hasn’t been the only state to see protests... Residents of Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, and Virginia have also begun protesting the China Virus shutdowns. The longer these state-mandated shutdowns continue, the more Americans will grow disgruntled — especially as they’re forced into the unemployment line because they’re not allowed to work."

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