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Rescission of Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Order: Top 10 Things to Know

On June 1, 2020 Michigan's Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-110, which significantly relaxes restrictions on Michigan's businesses and individuals, as well as withdraws Michigan's series of Stay Home, Stay Safe orders. Effective immediately, Michiganders are no longer required to stay home; however, certain businesses will remain closed and specific activities that present a heightened risk of infection will remain prohibited. Here are the top ten things you need to know about the current stage of Michigan's new normal:


1. Restrictions on social gatherings and events have been loosened. Up to 10 people are permitted to gather indoors and up to 100 people are permitted to gather outdoors. However, individuals who leave their homes must continue to follow all social distancing measures recommended by the CDC (e.g., maintaining six feet from people from outside one’s household, etc.).

2. Individuals must continue to wear face coverings when in enclosed public spaces (unless medically intolerable). However, individuals may be required to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes. Individuals may also remove a face covering to eat or drink when in a restaurant or bar.


3. Any work that is capable of being performed remotely (i.e., without the worker leaving his or her residence) must be performed remotely.

4. Any business or operation requiring employees to leave their home or place of residence to work is subject to the rules and workplace safeguards set forth in Executive Order 2020-97.

5. Businesses no longer have to specifically designate their in-person workers. There is no longer any distinction between critical infrastructure workers, workers performing minimum basic operations and workers performing resumed activities. 

6. Businesses may deny entry or access to any individuals (i.e., workers, customers or other visitors) who refuse to wear a face covering.

7. Retailers are permitted to resume normal operations (i.e., without prescheduled appointments) beginning June 4, 2020 subject to compliance with the workplace safety guidelines cited above.

8. Restaurants and bars statewide may reopen on June 8, 2020 subject to capacity constraints and compliance with the workplace safety guidelines cited above. (Restaurants and bars in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula are already permitted to be open.)

9. Libraries, museums and outdoor public swimming pools (at 50 percent capacity) may reopen on June 8, 2020 subject to additional state guidance and/or the workplace safety guidelines cited above.

10. The following businesses must remain closed: movie theatres, gyms, fitness centers, sports facilities, facilities offering non-essential personal care services (e.g., hair, nail, tanning, spas, tattoo and similar personal care services involving close contact of persons), casinos, and indoor services or facilities involving close contact of persons for amusement or other recreational/entertainment purposes (e.g., amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, etc.).

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Eric R. Post, Retail Manufacturing Lawyer, Varnum, Corporate & business attorney

Eric is a business and corporate attorney who advises startups, private and family-owned businesses, and multinational companies in the automotive, manufacturing, technology, retail and health care industries. His practice is focused on domestic and international mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, joint ventures, business entity formation, export and import compliance, international trade and a wide variety of general business matters, including commercial contracts, regulatory compliance, strategic and operational issues, and general corporate governance. Eric also advises his...

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