Governor rescinds Stay Home, Stay Safe Order

On June 1, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-110 (the “Order”), which immediately moved the entire state to Stage 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan and rescinded all prior Stay Home, Stay Safe orders (most recently Executive Order 2020-96). The Order permits many businesses throughout the State to open, but still restricts a select few that present a heightened risk.

All businesses that resume still must adhere to the social distancing requirements and workplace safeguards set forth in Executive Order 2020-97 (“EO 2020-97”), and any work that can be done remotely must still be performed remotely. The Order also does the following:

  • Permits retail stores to resume normal operations effective June 4, 2020, subject to the workplace standards in 2020-97 and local regulations and capacity constraints (less than 50% capacity).
  • Permits restaurants, bars, and similar businesses to open effective June 8, 2020, subject to workplace standards in 2020-97 and local regulations and capacity constraints (less than 50% capacity).
  • Permits businesses and building owners to deny access to any individual refusing to wear a face covering.

Although many businesses are permitted to reopen, businesses that present a heightened risk of infection are still required to stay closed, including the following: indoor theaters, cinemas, non-essential personal care services (e.g., hair, massage, tattoo), casinos, and indoor/outdoor places of public amusement (e.g., amusement parks, bowling alleys).

For businesses permitted to resume in-person activities, it is important to follow the general worker safeguards and required additional safeguards set forth in EO 2020-97. This includes, among other things, developing a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, providing COVID-19 training to employees, conducting daily self-screenings, and maintaining social distancing. A business should review not only the general guidelines and safeguards but also the additional safeguards applicable to any industry or workplace that could describe that business.

If you have any questions about the Order, please contact your Parmenter Law attorney or a member of our Business Law Team listed below:

Chris Kelly (231) 722-5414
Will Meier (231) 722-5409
Josh Reece (231) 722-5426
John Schrier (231) 722-5401
Ben Reider (231) 722-5418

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