Governor Whitmer Extends Stay at Home Order through May 15th, but Loosens Restrictions

With Executive Order 2020-59, Whitmer has extended the stay at home order while loosening some restrictions put in place in the last Order. The Governor has lifted restrictions so some businesses linked to outdoor activities, such as golf (without carts) and motorized boating.

Landscapers, lawn-service companies, plant nurseries and bike repair shops can resume operating, subject to social-distancing rules. Stores selling nonessential supplies can reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. Big-box retailers no longer have to close off garden centers and areas dedicated to selling paint, flooring, and carpet.

Additionally, travel between two in-state residences will be allowed, though strongly discouraged.

People will now be required, rather than encouraged, to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as grocery stores if they can medically tolerate it. Employers must provide non-medical grade masks to their in-person employees.

The order continues to prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life, with exemptions for various critical jobs. Restaurants remain closed to dine-in customers under a separate measure, and bars, movie theaters, gyms and other sports facilities also are still shuttered.

The measure immediately replaces E.O. 2020-42 that was scheduled to expire next week. 

View the full Order here. 

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