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Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order

Issued by Governor Whitmer Effective March 24th at 12:01am  

Effective at 12:01 am on March 24 for at least the next three weeks, Governor Whitmer issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family. 

The Executive Order prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Sections 4b and 5a of the EO state that businesses and operations are to designate the workers that meet those criteria. Section 3 states that all individuals who leave their home or place of residence must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the CDC.

Workers that are necessary to sustain or protect life include those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, grocery store workers, and more (sections 8 & 9 of the EO). Further clarity for these critical workers is included in the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency guidance available here. The State of Michigan is also building an FAQ page here. Further information on Executive Orders and resources for businesses can be found here and here.

Do you have further questions or feedback on this Executive Order? Please submit your questions to the Chamber Alliance here. They will monitor questions and work with state partners to provide answers.
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