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Executive Order 2020-59 (COVID-19)

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EXECUTIVE ORDER

No. 2020-59

Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life

Rescission of Executive Order 2020-42

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or 
death. It is caused by a new strain of coronavirus not previously identified in humans and easily 
spread from person to person. There is currently no approved vaccine or antiviral treatment for 
this disease.

On March 10, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services identified the first two 
presumptive- positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan. On that same day, I issued Executive Order 
2020-4. This order declared a state of emergency across the state of Michigan under section 1 of 
article 5 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the Emergency Management Act, 1976 PA 390, as 
amended, MCL 30.401 et seq., and the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945, 1945 PA 302, as 
amended, MCL 10.31 et seq.

In the three weeks that followed, the virus spread across Michigan, bringing deaths in the 
hundreds, confirmed cases in the thousands, and deep disruption to this state’s economy, homes, and 
educational, civic, social, and religious institutions. On April 1, 2020, in response to the 
widespread and severe health, economic, and social harms posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, I issued 
Executive Order 2020-33. This order expanded on Executive Order 2020-4 and declared both a state of 
emergency and a state of disaster across the state of Michigan under section 1 of article 5 of the 
Michigan Constitution of 1963, the Emergency Management Act, and the Emergency Powers of the 
Governor Act of 1945.

The Emergency Management Act vests the governor with broad powers and duties to “cop[e] with 
dangers to this state or the people of this state presented by a disaster or emergency,” which the 
governor may implement through “executive orders, proclamations, and directives having the force 
and effect of law.” MCL 30.403(1)-(2). Similarly, the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945, 
provides that, after declaring a state of emergency, “the governor may promulgate reasonable 
orders, rules, and regulations as he or she considers necessary to protect life and property or to 
bring the emergency situation within the affected area

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under control.” MCL 10.31(1).

To suppress the spread of COVID-19, to prevent the state’s health care system from being 
overwhelmed, to allow time for the production of critical test kits, ventilators, and personal 
protective equipment, to establish the public health infrastructure necessary to contain the spread 
of infection, and to avoid needless deaths, it is reasonable and necessary to direct residents to 
remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible. To that end, on March 
23, 2020, I issued Executive Order 2020-21, ordering all people in Michigan to stay home and stay 
safe, and then extended that order through April 30, 2020, with Executive Order 2020-42. The orders 
limited gatherings and travel, and required all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect 
life to stay home.

The measures put in place by Executive Orders 2020-21 and 2020-42 have been effective: the number 
of new confirmed cases each day has started to drop. Although the virus remains aggressive and 
persistent— on April 23, 2020, Michigan reported 35,291 confirmed cases and 2,977 deaths—the strain 
on our health care system has begun to relent, even as our testing capacity has increased. We can 
now start the process of gradually resuming in-person work and activities that were temporarily 
suspended under my prior orders. But in doing so, we must move with care, patience, and vigilance, 
recognizing the grave harm that this virus continues to inflict on our state and how quickly our 
progress in suppressing it can be undone. Accordingly, with this order, I find it reasonable and 
necessary to reaffirm the measures set forth in Executive Order 2020-42, amend their scope, and 
extend their duration to May 15, 2020, unless modified earlier. With this order, Executive Order 
2020-42 is rescinded.

Acting under the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, I order the following:

1.  This order must be construed broadly to prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to 
sustain or protect life.

2.  Subject to the exceptions in section 7 of this order, all individuals currently living within 
the State of Michigan are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence. Subject to the 
same exceptions, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons 
not part of a single household are prohibited.

3.  All individuals who leave their home or place of residence must adhere to social distancing 
measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), including remaining 
at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under 
the circumstances.

4.  No person or entity shall operate a business or conduct operations that require workers to 
leave their homes or places of residence except to the extent that those workers are necessary to 
sustain or protect life, to conduct minimum basic operations, or to perform a resumed activity 
within the meaning of this order.

a.  For purposes of this order, workers who are necessary to sustain or protect life are defined as 
“critical infrastructure workers,” as described in sections 8 and 9 of this order.

b.  For purposes of this order, workers who are necessary to conduct minimum basic operations are 
those whose in-person presence is strictly necessary to allow the business or operation to maintain 
the value of inventory and equipment, care for animals, ensure security, process

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transactions (including payroll and employee benefits), or facilitate the ability of other workers 
to work remotely.

Businesses and operations must determine which of their workers are necessary to conduct minimum 
basic operations and inform such workers of that designation. Businesses and operations must make 
such designations in writing, whether by electronic message, public website, or other appropriate 
means. Workers need not carry copies of their designations when they leave the home or place of 
residence for work.

Any in-person work necessary to conduct minimum basic operations must be performed consistently 
with the social distancing practices and other mitigation measures described in section 11 of this 
order.

c.  Workers who perform resumed activities are defined in section 10 of this order.

5.  Businesses and operations that employ critical infrastructure workers or workers who perform 
resumed activities may continue in-person operations, subject to the following conditions:

a.  Consistent with sections 8, 9, and 10 of this order, businesses and operations must determine 
which of their workers are critical infrastructure workers or workers who perform resumed 
activities and inform such workers of that designation. Businesses and operations must make such 
designations in writing, whether by electronic message, public website, or other appropriate means. 
Workers need not carry copies of their designations when they leave the home or place of residence 
for work. Businesses and operations need not designate:

1.  Workers in health care and public health.

2.  Workers who perform necessary government activities, as described in section 6 of this order.

3.  Workers and volunteers described in section 9(d) of this order.

b.  In-person activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life or to perform a resumed 
activity must be suspended.

c.  Businesses and operations maintaining in-person activities must adopt social distancing 
practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons, as described in section 11 
of this order. Stores that are open for in-person sales must also adhere to the rules described in 
section 12 of this order.

d.  Any business or operation that employs workers who perform resumed activities under section 
10(a) of this order, but that does not sell necessary supplies, may sell any goods through remote 
sales via delivery or at the curbside. Such a business or operation, however, must otherwise remain 
closed to the public.

6.  All in-person government activities at whatever level (state, county, or local) that are not 
necessary to sustain or protect life, or to support those businesses and operations that are 
maintaining in-person activities under this order, are suspended.

a.  For purposes of this order, necessary government activities include activities performed by 
critical infrastructure workers, including workers in law enforcement, public safety, and first

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responders.

b.  Such activities also include, but are not limited to, public transit, trash pick-up and 
disposal (including recycling and composting), activities necessary to manage and oversee 
elections, operations necessary to enable transactions that support the work of a business’s or 
operation’s critical infrastructure workers, and the maintenance of safe and sanitary public parks 
so as to allow for outdoor activity permitted under this order.

c.  For purposes of this order, necessary government activities include minimum basic operations, 
as described in section 4(b) of this order. Workers performing such activities need not be 
designated.

d.  Any in-person government activities must be performed consistently with the social distancing 
practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons described in section 11 of 
this order.

7.  Exceptions.

a.  Individuals may leave their home or place of residence, and travel as necessary:

1.  To engage in outdoor recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from 
people from outside the individual’s household. Outdoor recreational activity includes walking, 
hiking, running, cycling, boating, golfing, or other similar activity, as well as any comparable 
activity for those with limited mobility.

2.  To perform their jobs as critical infrastructure workers after being so designated by their 
employers. (Critical infrastructure workers who need not be designated under section 5(a) of this 
order may leave their home for work without being designated.)

3.  To conduct minimum basic operations, as described in section 4(b) of this order, after being 
designated to perform such work by their employers.

4.  To perform resumed activities, as described in section 10 of this order, after being designated 
to perform such work by their employers.

5.  To perform necessary government activities, as described in section 6 of this order.

6.  To perform tasks that are necessary to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of 
their family or household members (including pets). Individuals may, for example, leave the home or 
place of residence to secure medication or to seek medical or dental care that is necessary to 
address a medical emergency or to preserve the health and safety of a household or family member 
(including in-person procedures or veterinary services that, in accordance with a duly implemented 
non-essential procedure or veterinary services postponement plan, have not been postponed).

7.  To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves, their family or household members, 
their pets, and their motor vehicles.

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A.  Individuals must secure such services or supplies via delivery to the maximum extent possible. 
As needed, however, individuals may leave the home or place of residence to purchase groceries, 
take-out food, gasoline, needed medical supplies, and any other products necessary to maintain the 
safety, sanitation, and basic operation of their residences or motor vehicles.

B.  Individuals may also leave the home to pick up or return a motor vehicle as permitted under 
section 9(i) of this order, or to have a motor vehicle or bicycle repaired or maintained.

C.  Individuals should limit, to the maximum extent that is safe and feasible, the number of 
household members who leave the home for any errands.

8.  To pick up non-necessary supplies at the curbside from a store that must otherwise remain 
closed to the public.

9.  To care for a family member or a family member’s pet in another household.

10.  To care for minors, dependents, the elderly, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable 
persons.

11.  To visit an individual under the care of a health care facility, residential care facility, or 
congregate care facility, to the extent otherwise permitted.

12.  To visit a child in out-of-home care, or to facilitate a visit between a parent and a child in 
out-of-home care, when there is agreement between the child placing agency, the parent, and the 
caregiver about a safe visitation plan, or when, failing such agreement, the individual secures an 
exception from the executive director of the Children’s Services Agency.

13.  To attend legal proceedings or hearings for essential or emergency purposes as ordered by a 
court.

14.  To work or volunteer for businesses or operations (including both religious and secular 
nonprofit organizations) that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for economically 
disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this 
emergency, and people with disabilities.

15.  To attend a funeral, provided that no more than 10 people are in attendance.

16.  To attend a meeting of an addiction recovery mutual aid society, provided that no more than 10 
people are in attendance.

b.  Individuals may also travel:

1.  To return to a home or place of residence from outside this state.

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2.  To leave this state for a home or residence elsewhere.

3.  Between two residences in this state, including moving to a new residence.

4.  As required by law enforcement or a court order, including the transportation of children 
pursuant to a custody agreement.

c.  All other travel is prohibited, including all travel to vacation rentals.

8.  For purposes of this order, critical infrastructure workers are those workers described by the 
Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in his guidance of March 19, 
2020 on the COVID-19 response (available here). This order does not adopt any subsequent guidance 
document released by this same agency.

Consistent with the March 19, 2020 guidance document, critical infrastructure workers include some 
workers in each of the following sectors:

a.  Health care and public health.

b.  Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders.

c.  Food and agriculture.

d.  Energy.

e.  Water and wastewater.

f.  Transportation and logistics.

g.  Public works.

h.  Communications and information technology, including news media.

i.  Other community-based government operations and essential functions.

j.  Critical manufacturing.

k.  Hazardous materials.

l.  Financial services.

m.  Chemical supply chains and safety.

n.  Defense industrial base.

9.  For purposes of this order, critical infrastructure workers also include:

a.  Child care workers (including workers at disaster relief child care centers), but only to the 
extent necessary to serve the children or dependents of critical infrastructure workers, workers 
who conduct minimum basic operations, workers who perform necessary government activities, or 
workers who perform resumed activities. This category includes individuals (whether licensed or 
not) who have arranged to care for the children or dependents of such workers.

b.  Workers at suppliers, distribution centers, or service providers, as described below.

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1.  Any suppliers, distribution centers, or service providers whose continued operation is 
necessary to enable, support, or facilitate another business’s or operation’s critical 
infrastructure work may designate their workers as critical infrastructure workers, provided that 
only those workers whose in-person presence is necessary to enable, support, or facilitate such 
work may be so designated.

2.  Any suppliers, distribution centers, or service providers whose continued operation is 
necessary to enable, support, or facilitate the necessary work of suppliers, distribution centers, 
or service providers described in subprovision (1) of this subsection may designate their workers 
as critical infrastructure workers, provided that only those workers whose in-person presence is 
necessary to enable, support, or facilitate such work may be so designated.

3.  Consistent with the scope of work permitted under subprovision (2) of this subsection, any 
suppliers, distribution centers, or service providers further down the supply chain whose continued 
operation is necessary to enable, support, or facilitate the necessary work of other suppliers, 
distribution centers, or service providers may likewise designate their workers as critical 
infrastructure workers, provided that only those workers whose in- person presence is necessary to 
enable, support, or facilitate such work may be so designated.

4.  Suppliers, distribution centers, and service providers that abuse their designation authority 
under this subsection shall be subject to sanctions to the fullest extent of the law.

c.  Workers in the insurance industry, but only to the extent that their work cannot be done by 
telephone or remotely.

d.  Workers and volunteers for businesses or operations (including both religious and secular 
nonprofit organizations) that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for economically 
disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this 
emergency, and people with disabilities.

e.  Workers who perform critical labor union functions, including those who administer health and 
welfare funds and those who monitor the well-being and safety of union members who are critical 
infrastructure workers, provided that any administration or monitoring should be done by telephone 
or remotely where possible.

f.  Workers at retail stores who sell groceries, medical supplies, and products necessary to 
maintain the safety, sanitation, and basic operation of residences or motor vehicles, including 
convenience stores, pet supply stores, auto supplies and repair stores, hardware and home 
maintenance stores, and home appliance retailers.

g.  Workers at laundromats, coin laundries, and dry cleaners.

h.  Workers at hotels and motels, provided that the hotels or motels do not offer additional 
in-house amenities such as gyms, pools, spas, dining, entertainment facilities, meeting rooms, or 
like

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facilities.

i.  Workers at motor vehicle dealerships who are necessary to facilitate remote and electronic 
sales or leases, or to deliver motor vehicles to customers, provided that showrooms remain closed 
to in-person traffic.

10.  For purposes of this order, workers who perform resumed activities are defined as follows:

a.  Workers who process or fulfill remote orders for goods for delivery or curbside pick-up.

b.  Workers who perform bicycle maintenance or repair.

c.  Workers for garden stores, nurseries, and lawn care, pest control, and landscaping operations, 
subject to the enhanced social-distancing rules described in section 11(h) of this order.

d.  Maintenance workers and groundskeepers who are necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation 
of places of outdoor recreation not otherwise closed under Executive Order 2020-43 or any order 
that may follow from it, provided that the places and their workers do not provide goods, 
equipment, supplies, or services to individuals, and subject to the enhanced social- distancing 
rules described in section 11(h) of this order.

e.  Workers for moving or storage operations, subject to the enhanced social-distancing rules 
described in section 11(h) of this order.

11.  Businesses, operations, and government agencies that remain open for in-person work must 
adhere to sound social distancing practices and measures, which include but are not limited to:

a.  Developing 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 and available here. Such plan must be available at company headquarters or the 
worksite.

b.  Restricting 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.  Promoting remote work to the fullest extent possible.

d.  Keeping workers and patrons who are on premises at least six feet from one another to the 
maximum extent possible.

e.  Increasing 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.

f.  Adopting 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.

g.  Any other social distancing practices and mitigation measures recommended by the CDC.

h.  For businesses and operations whose in-person work is permitted under sections 10(c) through 
10(e) of this order, the following additional measures must also be taken:

1.  Barring gatherings of any size in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one 
another.

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2.  Limiting in-person interaction with clients and patrons to the maximum extent possible, and 
barring any such interaction in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.

3.  Providing personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks 
as appropriate for the activity being performed.

4.  Adopting protocols to limit the sharing of tools and equipment to the maximum extent possible 
and to ensure frequent and thorough cleaning of tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces.

12.  Any store that remains open for in-store sales under section 9(f) or section 10(c) of this 
order:

a.  Must establish lines to regulate entry in accordance with subsection (b) of this section, with 
markings for patrons to enable them to stand at least six feet apart from one another while 
waiting. Stores should also explore alternatives to lines, including by allowing customers to wait 
in their cars for a text message or phone call, to enable social distancing and to accommodate 
seniors and those with disabilities.

b.  Must adhere to the following restrictions:

1.  For stores of less than 50,000 square feet of customer floor space, must limit the number of 
people in the store (including employees) to 25% of the total occupancy limits established by the 
State Fire Marshal or a local fire marshal.

2.  For stores of more than 50,000 square feet, must:

A.  Limit the number of customers in the store at one time (excluding employees) to 4 people per 
1,000 square feet of customer floor space.

B.  Create at least two hours per week of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable populations, which 
for purposes of this order are people over 60, pregnant women, and those with chronic conditions 
like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

3.  The director of the Department of Health and Human Services is authorized to issue an emergency 
order varying the capacity limits described in this subsection as necessary to protect the public 
health.

c.  May continue to sell goods other than necessary supplies if the sale of such goods is in the 
ordinary course of business.

d.  Must consider establishing curbside pick-up to reduce in-store traffic and mitigate outdoor 
lines.

13.  No one shall rent a short-term vacation property except as necessary to assist in housing a 
health care professional aiding in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic or a volunteer who is 
aiding the same.

14.  Michigan state parks remain open for day use, subject to any reductions in services and 
specific closures that, in the judgment of the director of the Department of Natural Resources, are 
necessary to minimize large gatherings and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

15.  Effective on April 26, 2020 at 11:59 pm:

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a.  Any individual able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over his or her 
nose and mouth—such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public 
space.

b.  All businesses and operations whose workers perform in-person work must, at a minimum, provide 
non-medical grade face coverings to their workers.

c.  Supplies of N95 masks and surgical masks should generally be reserved, for now, for health care 
professionals, first responders (e.g., police officers, fire fighters, paramedics), and other 
critical workers who interact with the public.

d.  The protections against discrimination in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, 1976 PA 453, as 
amended, MCL 37.2101 et seq., and any other protections against discrimination in Michigan law, 
apply in full force to persons who wear a mask under this order.

16.  Nothing in this order should be taken to supersede another executive order or directive that 
is in effect, except to the extent this order imposes more stringent limitations on in-person work, 
activities, and interactions. Consistent with prior guidance, neither a place of religious worship 
nor its owner is subject to penalty under section 20 of this order for allowing religious worship 
at such place. No individual is subject to penalty under section 20 of this order for violating 
section 15(a) of this order.

17.  Nothing in this order should be taken to interfere with or infringe on the powers of the 
legislative and judicial branches to perform their constitutional duties or exercise their 
authority.

18.  This order takes effect immediately, unless otherwise specified in this order, and continues 
through May 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Executive Order 2020-42 is rescinded. All references to that 
order in other executive orders, agency rules, letters of understanding, or other legal authorities 
shall be taken to refer to this order.

19.  I will evaluate the continuing need for this order prior to its expiration. In determining 
whether to maintain, intensify, or relax its restrictions, I will consider, among other things, (1) 
data on COVID-19 infections and the disease’s rate of spread; (2) whether sufficient medical 
personnel, hospital beds, and ventilators exist to meet anticipated medical need; (3) the 
availability of personal protective equipment for the health care workforce; (4) the state’s 
capacity to test for COVID-19 cases and isolate infected people; and (5) economic conditions in the 
state.

20.  Consistent with MCL 10.33 and MCL 30.405(3), a willful violation of this order is a 
misdemeanor.

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Michigan.

Signed: Gretchen Whitmer, Governor Date: April 24, 2020

Time: 11:00 am




Governor Whitmer Extends "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Until May1st - Executive Order 2020-42

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Governor's Original 'Stay Home' Executive Order 2020-21

To view executive order 2020-21, click the link below:   

Executive Order 2020-21

 

March 23, 2020 

Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 

Governor directs all non-critical businesses to temporarily close, all Michiganders to stay home or six feet away from others during COVID-19 crisis 

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, 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 the next 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. 

“In just 13 days, we’ve gone from 0 to over 1,000 COVID-19 cases,” said Governor Whitmer. “This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.” 

“Taking aggressive action to protect our communities is the most important thing we can do to mitigate further spread of COVID-19,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “If we do this now, we can make sure our hospitals and healthcare workers are prepared to take care of the sickest people. It is crucial that people do the right thing by staying home and staying safe.” 

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. 

Workers that are necessary to sustain or protect life include those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, grocery store workers, and more. For a full list of these critical infrastructure workers, click the link to Executive Order 2020-21 at the bottom of this page. 

Additionally, under Executive Order 2020-21, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons outside a single household are temporarily prohibited. People may leave the house to perform for limited, necessary purposes, and may engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside a person’s household and with other restrictions imposed by prior executive orders. 

Michigan is currently in the top five states in the nation in number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Several governors across the country have taken similar steps to protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19, including governors Mike DeWine (R-OH), Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), J.B. Pritzker (D-IL), Tom Wolf (D-PA), Gavin Newsom (D-CA), John Bel Edwards (D-LA), Phil Murphy (D-NJ), and Ned Lamont (D-CT). 

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:    

  • Fever       
  • Cough       
  • Shortness of breath       

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is:  

  • If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.       
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.         
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.         
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.         
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.         
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.        
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.       

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus   

For those who have questions about the state’s actions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8AM - 5PM daily.   

Michiganders can apply for unemployment benefits if they have left work or taken a leave of absence because of self-isolation or self-quarantine in response to elevated risk from COVID-19 due to being immunocompromised, displaying the symptoms of COVID-19, having contact in the last 14 days with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, the need to care for someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or a family care responsibility as a result of a government directive. Those temporarily laid off from work should apply for unemployment benefits online at www.michigan.gov/UIA or 1-866-500-0017.  

Governor Whitmer is working to ensure that children who rely on the food provided by schools will have the resources they need. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has developed an online map for families to find meals. Families can access the map at: https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/

On March 19, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the governor’s request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the opportunity to small businesses to access low-interest loans from the SBA. The application for disaster loan assistance is available at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. For businesses looking for more information on how to apply for an SBA EIDL loan or whether it is something they should consider, visit michiganbusiness.org/covid19. 

To view executive order 2020-21, click the link below:   

Executive Order 2020-21

This press release will be translated and made available in Arabic and Spanish at www.michigan.gov/whitmer