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Michigan Governor Issues Updated “Safe Start” and Workplace Safety Executive Orders

September 29, 2020

On September 25, 2020, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Orders 2020-183 and 2020-184. EO 2020-183 permits certain indoor sport venues, theaters, and entertainment facilities to reopen, with capacity limitations, on October 9, 2020.

EO 2020-184 replaces EO 2020-175, the most recent Executive Order addressing "Safeguards to Protect Michigan Workers from Covid-19" and updates guidance on workplace safety, recognizing that previously closed businesses are slated to reopen statewide on October 9, 2020. Otherwise, EO 2020-184 does not make substantive changes to previously stated safety requirements except that businesses no longer have to suspend all non-essential visitors. It also requires theaters, entertainment facilities, and sports venues that are allowed to reopen on October 9 to maintain records showing the date and time of entry, names, and contact information for each patron to aid in contact-tracing, and deny entry to any patron who will not provide, at a minimum, their name and phone number. Such venues must also mandate that patrons wear masks whenever in the facility. The same rules apply to gyms and exercise facilities. 

EO 2020-183 replaces prior "Safe Start" Executive Orders (EOs 2020-176, 2020-180, and 2020-181) and makes the following changes, effective October 9, 2020:

EO 2020-183 reiterates the requirement that, except in Regions 6 and 8, any work capable of being performed remotely (i.e., without the worker leaving his or her home or place of residence) must be performed remotely. Although not required, in Regions 6 and 8, any work capable of being performed remotely should be performed remotely.

If you have questions about these Executive Orders, please contact your Miller Canfield attorney or the authors of this alert.

This information is based on the facts and guidance available at the time of publication, and may be subject to change.