Gatherings of 10 or Fewer Permitted, Retail Businesses Open by Appointment, and Nonessential Medical, Dental and Veterinary Procedures Allowed Under Newly Released Order

On Thursday May 21st, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-96 to reopen retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment statewide on Tuesday, May 26, as part of her MI Safe Start plan. The governor’s executive order also lifts the requirement that health care providers delay some nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures statewide beginning on Friday, May 29. Additionally, the order authorizes small gatherings of 10 people or less starting immediately, as long as participants practice social distancing. 

The governor also signed a separate order, Executive Order 2020-97, updating a prior rule on workplace safety. Per the amended order, reopened outpatient health-care facilities, including clinics, primary care physician offices, and dental offices, will have to adopt strict protocols to prevent infection. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will issue guidance to aid those facilities in adopting appropriate safeguards. 

Consistent with the governor’s previous Safer at Home orders, any individual able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over his or her nose and mouth—like a homemade mask, scarf, bandanna, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space. Michiganders who are not working as critical infrastructure workers or at a business that has been authorized to reopen are still recommended to stay home to protect themselves and their families from the spread of COVID-19. 

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