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Stay-at-home order extended to May 15, Governor loosens limitations

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: April 24, 2020

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the stay-at-home Executive Order until May 15 while loosening some restrictions for businesses and activities. However, social distancing will continue and face coverings are now required to be worn.

In the new Executive Order, she is allowing golf courses, bike repair shops, landscaping businesses, lawn service companies, and plant nurseries to resume operations. The order also allows motorized boating, but does not allow the use of golf carts at golf courses.

The sales of non-essential supplies are permitted under the order. Big box retailers can reopen garden centers and areas that sell paint, flooring and carpeting. Non-essential retailers can reopen to provide curbside pickup or delivery of their products.

Employers must provide their workers with non-medical grade masks and ensure social distancing in the workplace. The number of customers in stores will continue to be limited. Everyone is subject to social distancing rules of 6 feet between people and people are now required to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth inside enclosed places. While the Governor said it is not a crime if customers do not don cloth face masks or similar coverings, stores will have the ability to refuse entry to anyone not complying with the Executive Order. The Governor stressed 6-foot social distancing should still be practiced outdoors.

The order continues to prohibit in-person activities that don’t sustain or protect life, with exemptions for critical jobs and resumed activities.

While the state ramps up COVID-19 testing and tracing, Whitmer said, state officials will also be watching case numbers and deaths and if there is a spike in numbers, may have to reimplement some restrictions.

Please click on the new stay-at-home order below for more information.

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