Kelly Stafford, the wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, turned to Instagram on Thursday to call Michigan a “dictatorship” in response to new far-reaching restrictions announced this week by Gov. Gothen Whitmer to try to fight the COVID pandemic. -1


Stafford later apologized.

The new rules announced on Sunday the suspension of personal instruction in high schools and colleges, the serving of dinner in restaurants and bars and light gymnastics, as well as the closure of some businesses, including cinemas, bowling alleys and casinos.

The restrictions, imposed by order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, went into effect on Wednesday and will remain in effect until Dec. 8, as the governor described it as the “worst moment” of the pandemic. On Wednesday, the state reported another 5,772 cases of coronavirus and 62 deaths.

“I’m so above that,” Stafford said in a series of videos on Instagram earlier Thursday. “I’m so overwhelmed to live in a dictatorship that we call it Michigan. I understand there’s a pandemic, and I understand it’s very scary. And I’m afraid of it. If you’re at risk, don’t leave your house until there’s a vaccine.”

“But closing all these small businesses, the things that people have worked for all their lives, closing them again is not the answer, because they will not succeed, so once we manage to leave our house, after this dictatorship decides, let’s have some freedom, there will be nothing left. I just got over it. I see all these people and that brings me to tears … “

Stafford then said she knew everyone would disagree with her, but “that’s my opinion. You have yours, everyone has their own,” before apologizing in a video posted later, saying Michigan was “dictatorship” is “probably not so clever use of words.”

“Okay, you, here’s what I do best,” she said, “coming back to apologize after reading some of your stuff and getting a little grounded. I’m really sorry. I was in the heat right now I have a friend who’s losing its business and it just brings me closer, so I apologize for calling it a dictatorship.

“I just want it to work for everyone and I know it won’t work for everyone and it just kills me when I see people suffering from financial burdens, losing their businesses and getting sick. … I apologize. ”

Michigan broke its weekly record for coronavirus cases last week with a total of 44,019 new cases, the fifth consecutive record week for confirmed infections.

As of Wednesday, the state had reported 277,806 confirmed cases and 8,190 deaths since the virus was first discovered in Michigan in March, according to a tracking by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.