Understanding Michigan’s Stay at Home Order
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order yesterday, which took effect at 12:01 a.m. today, March 24. The order mandates a ”temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.”
The order impacts all Michigan residents and businesses and severely curtails personal and business activities transacted in the state until April 13 at 11:59 p.m. The order does allow for the designation of “critical infrastructure workers” by businesses under certain conditions. Critical infrastructure workers are defined as employees necessary for “minimum basic operations, as described in section 4(b), after being designated to perform such work by their employers.”
Importantly, as mandated in the order and noted above, “businesses and operations must make such designations in writing, whether by electronic message, public website, or other appropriate means. Such designations, however, may be made orally until March 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m." This requirement excludes certain healthcare, daycare and public service employees.
The state of Michigan has provided an online summary of the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order. Excerpts from the summary are as follows:
YOU MAY NOT:
BUSINESSES THAT REMAIN OPEN FOR IN-PERSON WORK MUST TAKE AGGRESSIVE STEPS TO MINIMIZE THE VIRUS’S SPREAD. THEY MUST:
Beyond the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, Michigan residents and businesses are directed by the state to continue to follow guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Below is a list of additional resources citizens and business owners may reference during this ongoing pandemic.
Plunkett Cooney will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak response and provide clients and friends of our firm with updates about information critical for personal safety and the future success of your business.Click here to review Plunkett Cooney’s updated business continuity plan, which includes a link to the firm’s Crisis Response Team. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or legal needs you may have during this challenging time.
Thomas P. Vincent