Stay Home Order Lifted – What Does it Mean for Business?

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-110. This Executive Order rescinds Executive Orders 2020-69 and 2020-96. Here is a summary of the new Executive Order.

The Stay at Home Order is lifted immediately:

  • We must continue to wear face coverings when in enclosed public spaces and take reasonable precautions to protect employees and customers. Indoor gatherings must be kept to 10 people or fewer. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people, and social distancing must still be employed.
  • Offices may open; however, workers capable of performing their work remotely must continue to do so.
  • Any business or operation that requires its employees to leave their home or place of residence for work is subject to the rules on workplace safeguards in Executive
  • Order 2020-97. A summary of EO 2020-97 can be found here; it is extensive and includes safeguards that all businesses must take, as well as additional safeguards for specific industries/workplaces.

Individuals leaving their residence must continue to employ social distancing and wear face coverings.

What’s Allowed Now?

  • Retailers can re-open on June 4th, subject to guidelines. Appointments no longer necessary.
  • Restaurants, bars, etc. may re-open (indoor and outdoor) on June 8th, subject to guidelines in Executive Order 2020-97 (summary can be found here). No buffets or self-serve stations.
  • Unless prohibited by local regulation, outdoor parks & recreational facilities may re-open, with social distancing. Outdoor public swimming pools can re-open on June 8th with 50% capacity. Indoor pools must remain closed.
  • Day camps for children can re-open on June 8th. Residential, travel, and troop campus must remain closed.
  • Libraries and museums can re-open on June 8th, subject to the same types of guidelines that retail facilities must follow.
  • Outdoor fitness classes, athletic practices, training sessions, or games, with social distancing, limited sharing of equipment, and frequent disinfecting of said equipment is also permitted to re-open.

Drive-in movie theaters are permitted to re-open.

What’s Still Not Allowed?

  • Indoor theaters, cinemas, and performance venues.
  • Indoor gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, sports facilities, and exercise facilities/studios.
  • Personal care services, such as hair, nail, tanning, massage, traditional spa, tattoo, body art, and piercing services, etc.
  • Casinos, racetracks, and millionaire parties licensed by Michigan Gaming Control Board.

Indoor and outdoor services or facilities involving close contact of persons, for amusement, recreation, or entertainment, such as amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, indoor dance areas, skating rinks, and trampoline parks, etc.

Anything Else?

Yes. Beginning June 15, some retailers will be permitted to take bottle/can returns. Only retailers with bottle return facilities located at the front of the store or housed in a separate area will be permitted to operate, to minimize person-to-person contact. Expect returns to be limited to $25, and limited hours for returns may be imposed, as well.

Read the entire Executive Order here.