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Governor Whitmer signs Executive Order to provide relief and safety

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-60 on April 26 to establish strategies to reduce exposure to COVID-19. The order also provides temporary relief by suspending certain licensing requirements and regulations for food service industries.

“While Michiganders fight this virus, we must continue to take aggressive action to reduce exposure and prevent a second spike in cases,” said Governor Whitmer. “This is not the time to slow our efforts; we must continue to be smart. By establishing these guidelines, we can protect Michigan families and our frontline workers. When we come together, we can slow the spread of this virus and save lives.”

Under this order, customers are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask when entering a food establishment.

Grocery stores and pharmacies must allocate at least two hours each week to shopping time for vulnerable populations.

If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, the establishment must notify other employees without infringing on private health information of an employee.

Due to the increased strain on Michigan’s food service industry, local health departments, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the governor has extended the deadline for certain forms of licensing and registration.

Executive Order 2020-60 is effective immediately and may be viewed here.

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