3/23/20 – “Stay-at-home” order issued by Michigan Gov. Whitmer

-LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer  announces a statewide stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with an exemption for certain workers.

The order, will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, and will allow “essential” employees necessary to sustain and protect life to continue going to work.

Michigan has more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Nine deaths have been reported.

What does a “stay-at-home” order mean?

-People can leave their homes to get exercise outdoors and walk their pets.  Playgrounds should be closed and social distancing requirements should be followed.

-Local roads, including interstate highways, as well as public transit, will remain open and operating with distancing encouraged.

-A number of essential needs are exempt. You may still be able to go to the grocery store, put gas in vehicles and make trips to the pharmacy.  Those businesses are not being ordered to close.

-Restaurants will be able to continue offering carry-out service.

-A number of businesses and industries will remain open, including banks, coin laundries, and veterinary services.

-“Essential Businesses” cover a wide variety of workers, including:  the health care, public health, and human services professionals.  In addition those providing essential government and infrastructure needs – such as waste collection, airport operations, law enforcement officers and child welfare personnel are all exempt.

-Other exempt businesses include stores that sell groceries and medicine; moving and relocation services, producers of food, outlets such as newspapers, radio and television; gas stations; laundromats; and banks and other financial institutions.

-Critical tradespeople – such as plumbers, electricians and exterminators – will also be able to continue working outside their homes.

-“Essential travel” includes travel into or out of the state if necessary for maintaining essential business operations.   Travel to work for what’s considered an essential business or governmental function; to care for an elder person, minor, dependent, someone with disabilities or other vulnerable people; travel required by law enforcement or court order; travel to return to one’s residence, including out of state; and travel to a school or other educational center to obtain distance learning materials or meals are considered essential travel.

More information available by going to Michigan.gov.