Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-59

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-59 extends, expands upon, and replaces Executive Order 2020-42. The new order goes into effect on April 24, 2020 at 11:00 am and extends through May 15, 2020. We have provided a copy of the new order showing (redlined) all of the modifications to the prior order. Some of the specific changes to note include:

  • Business or operations that are closed to the public because they offer goods that are not necessary to sustain or protect life may nonetheless sell those goods through remote sales via delivery or curbside pickup
  • Golfing and motorized boating are permitted as recreational activity (golf carts and food/beverage carts are not permitted)
  • Visits to a child in out-of-home care are permitted
  • Addiction recovery meetings are permitted if no more than 10 people are in attendance
  • The prohibition on travel between two residences in Michigan has been lifted, and moving to a new residence is permitted.
  • Leasing of vacation rentals remains prohibited, although the specific ban on advertising properties for future rental has been lifted
  • Childcare workers are permitted to provide services to serve the children or dependents of anyone permitted to work under the revised order
  • Work in the following industries may resume, as long as the employer has an established COVID-19 preparedness/safety plan and adheres to the enhanced social distance requirements:
    • filling orders for goods that are delivered or picked up curbside
    • bicycle maintenance and repair
    • garden stores and nurseries
    • lawn care, landscaping, and pest control
    • maintenance and groundskeeping necessary for safety and sanitation of places of outdoor recreation that are not otherwise closed
    • moving or storage operations
  • Stores larger than 50,000 square feet may reopen areas of the store devoted to carpet/flooring, furniture, garden centers and plant nurseries, and paint, and are no longer prohibited from advertising or promoting certain categories of goods
  • Enhanced social distancing rules include barring gatherings where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained, limiting in-person interaction to the maximum extent possible, providing personal protective equipment, such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks as appropriate for the activity being performed, and adopting protocols to limit the sharing of tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces
  • Effective April 26, 2020 at 11:59 pm:
    • Individuals medically able to tolerate a face covering must wear one over the nose and mouth when in an enclosed public space
    • Businesses and operations performing in person work must provide non-medical grade face coverings to their workers
    • N95 masks and surgical masks should be reserved for health care professionals, first responders, and other critical workers interacting with the public

Willful violations of the updated stay at home order are a misdemeanor. If you have questions about Executive Order 2020-59 and how it applies to you or your business, please contact us at (517) 351-3550