Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Orders moving two regions in Northern Michigan into Phase 5 of her MI Safe Start Plan and opening personal services throughout the state.

Regions 6 and 8, the Upper Pennisula and Traverse City region, will transition to Phase 5 on June 10, opening hair, massage and nail salons, movie theaters and gyms. COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures are established in the Executive Orders to protect employees and customers. Facial coverings must be worn by customers and employees, who are required to maintain a social distance of six-feet between them.

On June 15, personal services, including hair, massage and nail salons, will reopen statewide, with Regions 1-5 and 7 remaining in Phase 4.

Phase 5 also expands indoor and outdoor social gathering limits with restrictions. Indoor social gatherings and organized events of up to 50 people are permitted provided individuals maintain social distance of six feet. Outdoor social gatherings and organized events of no greater than 250 people are allowed with the six-feet social distancing. However, outdoor performance and sporting venues are given an additional capacity of up to 500 persons, maintaining social distance.

Specific indoor public entertainment venues in the northern regions, including: arcades, bowling alleys, cinemas, climbing facilities, convention centers, performance spaces, meeting halls, night clubs, sports arenas, theaters, or similar venues may open up to 25% of their maximum capacity or 250 people, whichever is smaller, with social distancing maintained.

Click here for the complete details in Executive Orders 2020-114 and 2020-115.

Whitmer updated workplace safeguards for gyms, in-home services, hair salons, and entertainment venues and appointed Sean Egan, Deputy Director for Labor at the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, to serve as Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety. Executive Directive 2020-6 details the appointment. Executive Order 2020-91 requires businesses follow strict safety guidelines to protect workers and patrons from COVID-19 infection.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted the state’s stay-at-home order June 1 and moved the entire state into Phase 4 of the six-phase reopening plan, but while more businesses are opening she was quick to add social distancing and facial coverings are still required.

Now in the “Improving” phase, groups of 100 or less may gather outdoors with social distancing, effective immediately. Retailers may open to customers, no longer by appointment only, starting June 4 and restaurants are able to reopen for dining inside June 8, with capacity limits. Restaurants must also place tables 6-feet apart and have servers wear masks. Day camps may reopen, with restrictions, and outdoor public pools may reopen at 50 percent capacity on June 8. In-home services, like housecleaning, and office work that cannot be performed remotely may also resume.

Indoor gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people. Residents must wear facial coverings inside enclosed public spaces and should continue to work from home to the maximum extent possible. Social distancing among individuals not in the same household remains in place. Whitmer encouraged those at high risk of severe medical complications if they were to contract COVID-19 to continue to stay home.

Executive Order 110 prohibits the following businesses from reopening at this time: Indoor cinemas and performance venues, indoor exercise and recreation facilities, casinos, state-licensed racetracks and non-essential personal care services including: hair, nails, tanning, tattoos, piercing, and traditional spas.

Indoor or outdoor amusement, recreation or entertainment services or facilities involving close contact for patrons remain closed including: amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, indoor dance areas, skating rinks and trampoline parks.

Gov. Whitmer said she hopes to continue lowering restrictions for certain areas of the state as early as later this week. However, should there be a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the state, she said, the return to more stringent restrictions may be necessary.

“Celebrate safely, practice social distancing and wear your masks,” she said.

Click here for more details on Executive Order 110.

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.

Click on the following Executive Orders for more information:

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.