Governor Whitmer Spent Last Friday Working at American Fifth Spirits in Lansing.  Story from the Governor....

LANSING, Mich. -- On Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer continued her “Work With Whitmer” tour in Lansing, where she worked at American Fifth Spirits, a local distillery that transitioned into making hand sanitizer for essential workers and everyday Michiganders during the COVID-19 pandemic.   


The governor worked alongside staff to produce a batch of hand sanitizer that will be sold locally as well as distributed across the state. From mixing the ingredients, to filling the bottles, to adding the labels, the governor learned about what it takes for a small business to produce hand sanitizer. The governor talked with the owners about how the pandemic has impacted the distillery, and what the company has done to keep their business running and their customers safe.   


“Michiganders are hardworking people and it was great to see a business right here in Lansing that has stepped up to the plate to help fight this virus,” said Governor Whitmer. “I had a lot of fun both learning about their craft as well as how American Fifth has thought of creative ways to continue serving their customers and play a part in helping Michigan fight COVID-19.”  


Two weeks ago, Governor Whitmer spent the day learning about cosmetology and working at Reflections Hair Salon in Grand Rapids. 


Currently, most of Michigan is Governor in phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan. A few weeks ago, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-91 which requires businesses to adhere to strict safety guidelines to protect workers, patrons and their communities from infection. Today, the governor further protected Michiganders from COVID-19 by requiring individuals to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces

Courtesy Photo of Whitmer working at the distillery. 

Tom Manke


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