While some restrictions were lifted statewide last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the state's Stay-at-Home Executive Order until June 12 and the State of Emergency until June 19.

Whitmer's authority to extend the State of Emergency was upheld by Judge Cynthia Stephens on May 21, 2020 following a lawsuit brought by the state legislature. Republican legislative leaders had claimed legislative approval was necessary to extend the State of Emergency.

Retailers providing non-essential services may reopen beginning today, May 26, by appointment with a maximum of 10 customers in their stores at any given time. By the end of week, non-emergency medical, dental and veterinary services may resume under Executive Orders Whitmer issued last week.

Among the most recent orders, watercraft registrations that were set to expire between Feb. 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 are now valid until July 31, 2020.

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By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is continuing to loosen restrictions of the state's Stay-at-Home order. Whitmer signed Executive Orders May 21 partially reopening businesses, permitting gatherings of up to 10 people, and lifting medical restrictions throughout the state.

Executive Order 97 put in place stricter workplace safety protocols at outpatient health-care facilities to protect workers and patrons against the spread of coronavirus.

The Executive Orders modify the state’s Stay-at-Home order, currently in effect until May 28, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Under Executive Order 96, groups of 10 people or less may gather, effective immediately. Participants must practice social distancing and wear face masks in enclosed public spaces.

Retail businesses and vehicle dealer showrooms may reopen by appointment only on May 26. Businesses are limited to 10 customers inside at a time. Businesses must implement rules to protect their workers and customers from the spread of COVID-19. Workers are to be trained in the proper use of personal protection equipment and infection control procedures.

On May 29, non-essential medical, dental and veterinary procedures may resume.

Whitmer said she plans to announce a short-term extension of the Stay-at-Home order in the next few days.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the stay-at-home Executive Order through May 28, is reopening the manufacturing industry in Michigan, and announced a plan to reopen the state in phases.

Executive Order 77 extends the stay-at-home policy for non-essential employees through May 28 and allows manufacturing to phase in to returning to the labor force beginning May 11. Manufacturers may resume operations once they have met state requirements for workplace safeguards for COVID-19. These requirements are detailed in Executive Order 77, which was signed by the governor May 7.

Gov. Whitmer also outlined a six-phase plan for re-opening the state. As of May 7, Whitmer announced Michigan is in Phase 3, the Flattening phase of the MI Safe Start plan, which is broken down into the following categories:

  • Phase 1: Uncontrolled growth
  • Phase 2: Persistent spread
  • Phase 3: Flattening
  • Phase 4: Improving
  • Phase 5: Containing
  • Phase 6: Post-pandemic

Click here for complete details on the six-stage plan to reopen Michigan.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued three new Executive Orders extending Michigan’s state of emergency through May 28 despite the Republican-led legislature voting against the extension. Challenging her authority, the legislature also voted to give themselves the power to sue the governor over her coronavirus response.

The new Executive Orders rescind earlier state of emergency and state of disaster orders which expired at midnight April 30. Under the state of emergency, Whitmer has authority to issue Executive Orders related to the coronavirus pandemic, such as the state’s stay-at-home order effective through May 15.

Republican legislative leaders said legislative approval is necessary to extend the state of emergency. Whitmer’s Executive Orders detail the governor's legal authority under sections of the Emergency Management Act of 1976 and the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945.

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The governor's Executive Orders remain in effect unless a court order determines otherwise. MAP will keep members posted as more details unfold. Stay Safe!

By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the “Futures for Frontliners” program April 29, providing essential workers a tuition-free pathway to college or a technical certificate if they don’t have a college degree. She also urged leaders in Congress to support U.S. Sen. Gary Peters’ Heroes Fund proposal to provide hazard pay to frontline workers who provide life-saving care, food and other critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whitmer said she hopes other states will follow suit with programs similar to “Futures for Frontliners” to recognize their essential workers for putting their lives on the line during the pandemic.

MAP previously reported on Peters’ efforts to support frontline workers by reaching out to FEMA in a March 31st letter about the dire need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers. Peters’ Heroes Fund proposal calls for up to $25,000 in hazard pay for essential workers and presses for additional protective gear and other measures to help ensure the health and safety of frontline workers.