Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday (April 9) extended Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through the end of April.
The order remains largely the same, limiting gatherings and travel and requiring all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home.
Previous social distancing guidelines of staying at least six feet away from people outside an individual’s household are still in place.
“Michigan has the third highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, and we’re still on the upswing. We must continue to do everything we can to slow the spread and protect our families,” Gov. Whitmer said in a statement. “Data shows that most Michiganders are doing their part by staying home and staying safe. That’s good, but we must keep it up. When we do, we can save lives and shorten the amount of time we’re working through this crisis, which will be good for our families and good for our economy in the long-run.”
She added, “We can also protect critical infrastructure workers like doctors, nurses, grocery store employees, and child care workers. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that people stay home and stay safe.”
A new section of the order adds restrictions on stores to help reduce crowds. Large stores must limit the number of people in the store at one time to no more than four customers for every 1,000 square feet of customer floor space, while small stores must limit capacity to 25% of the total occupancy limits, including employees, under the fire codes.
Stores must also include lines with markings for patrons to know where to stand at least six feet apart from one another while waiting. Large stores must also close store areas that are for carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries or paint.
“It’s clear that staying home is the most effective way we can slow the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan,” Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said in a statement. “This aggressive action will help us protect more people and ease the strain on our health care system.”
For more information and a full list of those categorized as “essential workers,” view the Executive Order 2020-42 here.