The Michigan Supreme Court overturned orders unanimously (7 - 0), that directed Karl to close his shop during the coronavirus outbreak with one justice saying judges need to follow the “rule of law, not hysteria.” The Michigan appeals court made mistakes in telling a local judge to shut down Karl Manke's shop in Owosso, the Supreme Court said. On May 4, Manke stopped complying with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's order to keep barbershops and salons closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
In response, the state suspended his licenses. It also got a preliminary injunction from the appeals court.