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Recent Executive Orders Show How Michigan will Reopen

May 20, 2020

As Michigan begins to reopen its economy, Governor Whitmer has enacted a pair of Executive Orders, EO 2020-91 and EO 2020-92, that provide safeguards for workers today and offer insight to what will be required for businesses that reopen in the future. Please see the following communications for more information on each order.

Executive Order 2020-91: Detailed Safeguards to Protect Workers ​​​​

Executive Order 2020-91 lists the social distancing and mitigation measures that must be adopted by all businesses that operate in-person. There are additional safeguards for businesses that engage in manufacturing and construction work and for restaurants and retail stores.

It is important to note that every business must have a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan by the later of June 1, 2020 or within 2 weeks of resuming in-person activities. This requirement applies to all businesses, including businesses that have been open and are currently operating, not just for recently reopened businesses. Please contact your Foster Swift attorney for help developing your COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.

Executive Order 2020-92: Up-North Restaurants and Bars to Open

Executive Order 2020-92 updates the “stay-at-home” order and allows for restaurants, bars, and retail stores to reopen in most northern counties and the entirety of the Upper Peninsula. It also permits offices to reopen, but only for the work that is not capable of being performed at home. While only Region 6 and 8 businesses can reopen under this order, it is likely that businesses in other parts of the state will be under similar restrictions when they reopen. Familiarizing your business with the restrictions now could pay dividends down the road.

If you have any questions or need any assistance on issues related to COVID-19, please contact a member of our COVID-19 Task Force:

These articles are current as of time of publication. Due to rapidly changing circumstances and updated regulations, we encourage you to confirm with your attorney and/or other advisors to make sure you are operating with the most current information.







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