Detroit Coronavirus Information

LAKE ORION, MI - MARCH 22: General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra (R) talks with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (L) before she announced a $300 million investment in the GM Orion Assembly Plant plant for electric and self-driving vehicles at the Orion Assembly Plant on March 22, 2019 in Lake Orion, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Gov. Whitmer said Thursday that auto and other manufacturing workers can return to the job next week, further easing her stay-at-home order while extending it through May 28 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Manufacturers can resume operations on Monday, which is key for auto parts makers a week ahead of automakers’ planned May 18 restart. Plants must adopt measures to protect their workers and any visitors, including daily entry screening and, once they are available, the use of no-touch thermometers.

She also released her 6 step plan to reopen the economy. [READ THE PLAN, HERE].

All businesses in the state, including manufacturers, must require masks to be worn when workers cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from others, and consider face shields for those who cannot consistently maintain three feet of separation from other workers.

Gov. Whitmer said that although the state is “not out of the woods yet,” reopening factories that have been closed since mid-March is an important step to gradually reopening the economy.