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Beginning October 9th, a number of previously closed businesses are slated to reopen statewide, including indoor theaters, cinemas, performance venues, arcades, bingo halls, bowling centers, indoor climbing facilities, trampoline parks, and more.

Under Executive Order 2020-183, instead of being limited to 10 people, non-residential indoor gatherings and events now must limit attendance to 20 people per 1,000 square feet or 20 percent of fixed seating capacity, with a maximum of 500 people in Michigan's largest venues. Non-residential indoor venues must require a face covering. Instead of being limited to 100 people, non-residential outdoor gatherings and events now must limit attendance to 30 people per 1,000 square feet or 30 percent of fixed seating capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 people. 


September 3 - Michigan gyms, pools may reopen Sept. 9; organized sports may resume, Whitmer says.  Movie theaters, bowling alleys and many other businesses must in general remain closed, according to a Whitmer spokeswoman responding to questions about the new orders. Bowling alleys, ice rinks and other similar venues are only allowed to open for organized sports with limited guests, according to the orders. 

Details of the Executive Order shared in this Detroit Free Press article 
Executive Order 2020-176 and Executive Order 2020-175.


July 10 - "Mask Up" Michigan Mandate

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an Executive Order today that requires masks to be worn in crowded outdoor spaces and any business open to the public to refuse service to people who refuse to wear a face covering with limited exceptions. Businesses open to the public must post signs at all entrances instructing customers of their legal obligations to wear a face covering while inside. 

Under the Order, those who are exempt from wearing a mask in Michigan businesses include people younger than 5 years old, those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering, and those who are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment. 

The Executive Order takes effect Monday. A willful violation of the order is a misdemeanor subject to a $500 criminal penalty.

The Executive Order can be viewed HERE.


June 5 - Governor announces hair, nail, massage businesses to reopen across Michigan on June 15; view news announcement.  


June 1, - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted Michigan's coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact.  To view full Executive Order, click here.

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 100 permitted with social distancing (indoor still limited to 10).
  • Some businesses where close contact is necessary — gyms, hair salons, indoor theaters and casinos — will remain closed
  • Retailers can reopen to customers without an appointment on Thursday and restaurants can offer dine-in service on June 8 — both with capacity limits.
  • Day camps for children and pools can open June 8. Groups of up to 100 can gather outside with social distancing, up from a threshold of 10.
  • In-home services such as housecleaning can resume.
  • Outdoor fitness classes, athletic practices, training sessions, or games, provided that coaches, spectators, and participants not from the same household maintain six feet of distance from one another at all times during such activities, and that equipment and supplies are shared to the minimum extent possible and are subject to frequent and thorough disinfection and cleaning.
  • Whitmer said her goal is to shift the state to phase 5 — “containing" — before July 4.
  • Channel 4 Article - breaks down what's opening, what's not and next steps:  click here


On May 21, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-97, "Safeguards to protect Michigan's workers from COVID-19." In part, the Executive Order states:

Businesses must do their part to protect their employees, their patrons, and their communities. Many businesses have already done so by implementing robust safeguards to prevent viral transmission. But we can and must do more: no one should feel unsafe at work. 

The Executive Order lays out requirements all operating businesses must enact to protect their workers, customers, community, and themselves. The Executive Order contains requirements for:

  • All businesses or operations that are permitted to require their employees to return to work,
  • Businesses or operations whose work is primarily and traditionally performed outdoors,
  • Businesses or operations in the construction industry
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Research laboratories, but not laboratories that perform diagnostic testing,
  • Retail stores that are open for in-store sales
  • Offices
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Outpatient health-care facilities, including clinics, primary care physician offices, or dental offices, and also including veterinary clinics

An important requirement for all businesses and operations in this Executive Order is for companies to:

Develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, consistent with recommendations in Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, development by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and available here. By June 1, 2020, or within two week of resuming in-person activities. whichever is later, a business's or operation's plan must be made readily available to employees, labor unions, and customers, whether via website, internal network, or by hard copy.

To assist your business in creating a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, the EDA of St. Clair County created a new section to our COVID-19 website - Restart St. Clair County, Michigan. Listed in sections by industries, we collected:

  • Available safe work playbooks that you can use to create your own COVID-19 preparedness and response plan,
  • Links to no-cost safe restart webinars from our partners such as the Michigan Small Business Development Center and the Detroit Regional Chamber, and 
  • Required work posters from the federal government.

You can access these resources by clicking HERE.


May 7 - Stay-at-Home Order Extended to May 28, however manufacturing can resume on May 11 with stringent safety precautions.  

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order extending her “Stay Home Stay Safe” order until May 28. The order also allows Michigan’s manufacturing sector, including the automotive industry to open in phases starting on Monday, May 11. 

Manufacturing workers must undergo screening protocol, enter and exit through designated locations, and avoid non-essential in-person visits such as tours.

Manufacturing facilities must also train workers on, among other things, how COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person, signs and symptoms of COVID-19, steps workers must take to notify the business or operation of signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or suspected or confirmed diagnosis, and the use of personal protective equipment.

All businesses in the state—including manufacturers—must require masks to be worn when workers cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from others, and consider face shields for those who cannot consistently maintain three feet of separation from other workers.

April 24th, Stay-at-Home Order Extended to May 15th, with eased restrictions.  The revisions to the new Executive Order include:

Allow some workers who perform previously suspended activities to go back on the job.

Landscapers, lawn-service companies, and nurseries can return to work, subject to strict social distancing.

Retailers that do not sell necessary supplies may reopen for curbside pick-up and for delivery.

Big box stores can reopen “closed areas,” like garden centers and paint areas.

Bike repair and maintenance can come back online.

Requires people to wear homemade, non-medical grade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces. It will also require employers to provide at least cloth face coverings to their employees.

Eases up on some restrictions on members of the public.

It will, for example, allow motorized boating and golf (but no golf carts), consistent with sound social distancing.

It will also permit individuals to travel between their residences, though such travel during the epidemic is strongly discouraged.

It will clarify that state parks remain open, as they have been throughout the emergency.


Governor Extends and Tightens Restrictions on Stay @ Home Order for businesses and residents of Michigan (April 9)

On April 9, Governor Whitmer announced the state is extending the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through April 30 via Executive Order 2020-42. Employers who have closed and/or laid off or placed workers on leave are required to announce these actions in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. State and local resources for workers who have been laid off or placed on temporary leave from employment due to COVID-19 are also available below.

The Governor also imposed new restrictions on supermarkets and big box stores and placed a new in-state travel restriction, prohibiting residents with second homes from going Up North after Friday — or coming back downstate to deter seasonal residents taking refuge in their cottages and condos during the pandemic.  

In the extended order, Big box stores will also have to close areas of the store that are dedicated to things like carpet, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries or paint.

Whitmer's new order also is imposing new restrictions on the number of customers allowed inside grocery and big box stores that are allowed to remain open.  Supermarkets and warehouse and home improvement stores will be limited to no more than four customers for every 1,000 square feet of accessible floor space. Small stores will be limited to 25 percent of their licensed capacity, according to the governor's office.

The Governor also is prohibiting any kind of public or private gathering outside of residential dwellings.

Governor Issues Stay @ Home Order / Non-Essential Businesses to Close (3/23)

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.  

Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.

Executive Order 2020-21 prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Businesses and operations are to designate the workers that meet those criteria, and must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons in the performance of that necessary in-person work. The state is mostly following guidelines from the White House on "essential critical infrastructure workers found here.

View link to Press Release discussing order / business exctions: Michigan Executive Order No. 2020-21

Stay Home.  Stay Safe.  Save Lives.  -- What you can and can't do:  View


Pure Michigan Business Connect 

Do you have the capability to produce critical health & human service supplies, but need assistance in scaling or purchasing equipment? Pure Michigan Business Connect is providing grant assistance to help companies or non-profits begin or ramp up production of critical supplies across a broad range of product categories.  Grants of $10,000 to $150,000 to retool are available to Michigan manufacturers interested in producing Personal Protective Equipment in response to COVID-19:

PMBC is also looking for both buyers and suppliers of critical health & human service supplies across a broad range of product categories.    

potential items to supply could include: 

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Equipment
  • Food and water
  • Medical Devices
  • Paper products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Testing Supplies
  • Textiles
  • Vitamins
  • …and more

Potential buyers could include:

  • Childcare Facility
  • Community Center
  • Educational Institution (K-12/Post-Secondary/College)
  • Food Distribution Center
  • Healthcare Facility
  • Homeless Shelter
  • Municipalities/Government
  • Non-Profit
  • …and more


Latest Covid-19 news issued by State of Michigan:,9753,7-406-98158---,00.html

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers:

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

American Society of Employers - Coronavirus: What Employers Need to Know to be Prepared:

ASE has curated a list of helpful resources to assist employers in protecting their employees and plan for future outbreaks or spread of the illness.

OSHA Guidance:

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.

Food Related Businesses:

Important information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).



In response to the outbreak, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has launched the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund to support preparedness, containment, response and recovery activities for those affected and for the responders.



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