Whitmer extends state of emergency

Allows resumption of low-risk work including construction, real estate, and work performed primary outdoors

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MICHIGAN— Governor Whitmer issued a new executive order declaring a state of emergency and a state of disaster across Michigan until May 28. This extended her original order that was issued on March 10 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whitmer announced this on April 30, which was when the original order was set to expire.

“Though its pace of growth has showed signs of slowing, the virus remains aggressive and persistent: to date, there have been 41,379 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, and 3,789 deaths from the disease—fourfold and tenfold increases, respectively, since the start of this month,” stated Whitmer in the executive order. 

“COVID-19 remains present and pervasive in Michigan, and it stands ready to quickly undo our recent progress in slowing its spread. Indeed, while COVID-19 initially hit Southeast Michigan hardest, the disease is now increasing more quickly in other parts of the state. For instance, cases in some counties in Western and Northern Michigan are now doubling every 6 days or faster.”

To continue slowing the spread of COVID-19, Whitmer signed an executive order closing public accommodations to ingress, egress, use, and occupy by members of the public. 

Public accommodations include, restaurants, cafes, food courts, bars, theaters, performance venues, libraries, museums, fitness centers, gyms, recreation centers, facilities that offer non-essential personal care services, places of public amusement and casinos.

This order encourages places that serve food and beverages to offer curbside pickup, drive thru services or delivery. It is effective immediately and continues until May 28.

In a press conference May 1, Whitmer also allowed for the resumption of low-risk work that includes construction, real estate activities and work primarily performed outdoors, starting May 7.

Whitmer stated under this order, construction sites must adopt certain protocols to protect workers from the virus. 

Protocols include:

  • Designating a site supervisor to enforce COVID-19 strategies. 

  • Conducting daily health screenings for workers. 

  • Creating dedicated entry points, if possible, or issuing indicators to assure that all workers are screened every day. 

  • Identifying high-risk areas such as hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, water stations, and buses, and controlling them to enable social distancing. 

  • Providing  hand-washing or hand-sanitizing stations at the worksite.

For more information or to view the executive orders, visit michigan.gov/coronavirus. 

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