On May 7, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-77 a new stay-at-home order which now runs through May 28th. The Governor issued the new Executive Order, which is rebranded as “Safer at Home”, ahead of her previous one which was set to expire on May 15th. All segments of our industry are still included in this new order, which allowed manufacturing workers to resume work on Monday, May 11th. This is in addition to the construction industry and other skilled trades occupations that were allowed to open on May 7th.
Here is the minimum of what you must do to remain open for in-person work (#11 in Executive Order 2020-77):
(a) Develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, consistent with recommendations in Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, developed by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Such plan must be available at company headquarters or the worksite. We’ve developed plans for Landscape Contractors, Lawncare Managers, and Retail Garden Centers and have attached them for your use.
(b) Restrict the number of workers present on premises to no more than is strictly necessary to perform the in-person work permitted under this order.
(c) Promote remote work to the fullest extent possible.
(d) Keep workers and patrons who are on premises at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible.
(e) Require masks to be worn when workers cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace, and consider face shields when workers cannot consistently maintain three feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace.
(f) Increase standards of facility cleaning and disinfection to limit worker and patron exposure to COVID-19, as well as adopting protocols to clean and disinfect in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace.
(g) Adopt policies to prevent workers from entering the premises if they display respiratory symptoms or have had contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
(h) Adopt any other social distancing practices and mitigation measures recommended by the CDC.
(i) Businesses or operations whose in-person work is permitted under sections 10(c) through 10(e) of this order must also:
(1) Prohibit gatherings of any size in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
(2) Limit in-person interaction with clients and patrons to the maximum extent possible, and bar any such interaction in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
(3) Provide personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks as appropriate for the activity being performed.
(4) Adopt protocols to limit the sharing of tools and equipment to the maximum extent possible and to ensure frequent and thorough cleaning and disinfection of tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces.