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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Stay Home..Stay Safe - Governor's Executive Order

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Summary of Executive Order 2020-21 – Stay Home, Stay Safe


On March 23, 2020 Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 that takes effect at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020 and continues through April 13, 2020 at 11:59am. The Executive Order (“Order” or “Stay at Home Order”) provides in pertinent part, as follows:

  • The Order BROADLY PROHIBITS in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life.
  • With certain exceptions (as set forth in section 7 of the Order), all individuals living in the state are ORDERED to stay at home. The exceptions to the Stay at Home Order, as contained in Section 7 of the Order, include, but are not limited to: a)individuals may leave their home or place of residence and travel as necessary: i)to engage in outdoor activity, including walking, hiking, running, cycling or other recreational activity, while remaining at least six feet away  from people outside the individual’s household ii) to perform tasks that are necessary to their health and safety or the health and safety of their family members (including pets), such as securing medication or seeking medical or dental care iii)to obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves, their families or household members and their vehicles, including leaving home to purchase groceries, take-out food, gasoline, needed medical supplies and any other products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and basic operations of their residences, including going to the bank or credit union iv) to care for minors, dependents, the elderly, persons with disabilities or other vulnerable persons v) to visit an individual under the care of a health care facility, residential care facility, or congregate care facility, to the extent otherwise permitted vi) to attend required legal proceedings
  • If you leave your home, you must engage in social distancing.
  • NO PERSON SHALL OPERATE A BUSINESS OR CONDUCT OPERATIONS that requires workers to leave their homes, except those who are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations.
  • Pursuant to Section 6 of the Order,  all in-person government activities at whatever level (including local, such as the City of  Bloomfield Hills) that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, or to supporting those operations that are necessary to sustain or protect life are suspended, except for the following necessary government activities:
  • Those activities performed by “critical infrastructure workers”, including law enforcement, public safety and first responders and also including the following:
    • Public transit
    • Trash pick-up
    • Activities to manage elections
    • Operations necessary to enable transactions that support the operation of critical infrastructure works
    • The maintenance of safe and sanitary public parks, so as to allow for outdoor recreation
    • Workers performing such activities need not be designated.
    • Any in-person government activities must be performed consistent with social distancing practices

Section 8 of the Order defines “Critical Infrastructure Workers” as follows:

  • Those workers described in the March 19, 2020 CISA (U.S.  Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) Report and such workers would include:
    • Law Enforcement
    • First Responders
    • Water and wastewater
    • Public Works
    • Communications and IT
    • Other community-based government operations and essential functions
    • Hazardous materials

The Order addresses those who are necessary to conduct minimum basic operations as follows:

  • Those workers whose in-person presence is strictly necessary to allow the operation to process transactions including payroll and employee benefits, or to facilitate the ability of other workers to work remotely.
  • It is necessary to designate in writing those workers whose in-person presence is strictly necessary.  You may make such designation orally until March 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm.  Thereafter, it must be by electronic message, public website, or other appropriate means (see Section 9(b) (5) of the Order).

Executive Order 2020-21 can be found here in its entirety.

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