On June 1, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that she was lifting the state’s “Stay Home” Order.
Office work that cannot be done remotely is now permitted. Nevertheless, any remote work that is capable of being performed remotely must still be performed remotely.
Outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are also permissible immediately. Unless otherwise prohibited by local regulation, outdoor parks and recreational facilities may be open, provided that reasonable modifications are made to enable employees and patrons to maintain six feet of social distances.
As of June 8, 2020, libraries and museums may open. They will be subject to the same safety standards for retail stores. Also, beginning on June 8, 2020, restaurants, bars, and retail stores can reopen at a 50% capacity, in addition to public swimming pools and children’s day camps. Other businesses and activities that involve close contact and shared surfaces, including gyms, hair salons, indoor theaters, tattoo parlors, casinos, and similar establishments, remain closed.
If you have not already done so, when resuming in-person activities at the workplace, an employer must have a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan in place. Additionally, all business and operations are required pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-97 to implement specific safeguards to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their workplace. See Keller Thoma's News Update on Safeguards to Protect Michigan Workers.
Should you have any questions related to the directives of this Executive Order, please do not hesitate to contact your Keller Thoma attorney.