Businesses Partially Reopening Across Entire State
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order until June 12 and the state of emergency until June 19. The stay-at-home order continues the closure of public places such as theaters, gyms and casinos to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Both executive orders were previously set to expire after May 28.
Whitmer had previously announced that she is partially reopening businesses and lifting medical restrictions across the entire state. She is also allowing Michiganders to gather in groups of up to 10 people, as the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to slow across the state. Whitmer said retail businesses can reopen, as well as auto dealerships by appointment. Retail businesses that reopen can have up to 10 customers inside at any time.
Businesses with in-person interaction have to implement rules to protect workers, such as training them on infection control practices and the proper use of personal protective equipment. Workers must also be taught the steps to notify managers of any COVID-19 symptoms or unsafe working conditions.
Whitmer also lifted the restrictions on health care providers who had to delay some nonessential medical, dental and veterinary procedures. Whitmer also updated workplace safety rules, requiring reopened health care facilities to adopt strict protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Whitmer had also previously laid out plans for the partial reopening of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula in a go-slow approach that will have restaurants and bars operating at half capacity, among other precautions. Seventeen northern Michigan counties and the entire Upper Peninsula will be among areas to see relief. The governor's order permits small social gatherings of up to 10 people in what are designated as regions 6 and 8, which together comprise 7.5% of state population, according to the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.
Region 8, encompasses all of the Upper Peninsula. Region 6 includes Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Presque Isle and Emmet counties.
Michigan's stay-at-home order remains in place through May 28th. Michigan manufacturing has resumed operations as well as the big three automakers. To view the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity return to work guidelines for manufacturing click here.
Governor Whitmer's MI Safe Start plan to re-engage Michigan's economy has six phases. The governor has worked with leaders in health care, business, labor, and education to develop the plan. To view the governor's full MI Safe Start Plan click here.
The above resources and more can be found on the Michigan Coronavirus website, under Employer and Employee resources.