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Employer Update: New Executive Order 2020-59 Extension of Shelter in Place

Today, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-59, extending and altering the Stay Home, Stay Safe guidelines until May 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  The business community is certainly thrilled to see a mild lift of restrictions there, but the Order does not otherwise change many of the current practices for our public sector clients, aside from mandatory face covering requirements.

Effective April 27, 2020, we must all wear a covering over our nose and mouth when in an enclosed public space, though we are urged to leave medical-grade coverings to the professionals.  Face covering may be a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief.

If your employees are performing in person work, you must, at a minimum, make non-medical grade face coverings available. Certainly, you may consider requiring employees to wear them to limit the potential for exposure among coworkers.  (Note, however, Governor Whitmer expressly indicates that individuals who cannot “medically tolerate” a face covering are not obligated to wear a mask.) The CDC has issued helpful guidance on masks, including this article on “Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19”and this article answering frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and masks.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions about how Executive Order 2020-59 impacts your operations or workforce. Our dedicated team is continuing to monitor the situation as it develops.  For more on the other standing restrictions on operations, see our newsletters here:

This communication is not intended to constitute legal advice. Since the emergency regulations and guidelines are evolving rapidly and each of your circumstances are unique, we encourage you to reach out to us if you have questions about how this or other COVID-19 related government action. 

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