MICHIGAN – Governor Gretchen Whitmer isextending her stay-at-home order to May 15 to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, but with some significant lifting of restrictions on retailers and outdoor recreation.
Under the order, stores that had been forced to close because they were selling nonessential goods are able to reopen as long as customers order their goods remotely and pick them up at the store’s curb or have them delivered. Bicycle maintenance and repair workers also can return to their jobs.
Workers for garden stores, nurseries and lawn care, pest control and landscaping operations, subject to social distancing rules, also can return to their jobs. Further, Whitmer said maintenance and groundskeeping workers needed to maintain the safety and sanitation of outdoor recreation can return to work.
Additionally, moving and storage operations can reopen, also with social distancing rules.
The order also requires residents and workers to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces as long as they can medically tolerate it starting at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. All businesses and operations whose workers perform in-person work must provide non-medical grade face coverings to their workers.
Businesses, operations and government agencies that are open for in-person work must restrict the number of workers present to no more than necessary to perform the work allowed under the order, maintain six feet of distance between themselves and patrons to the maximum extent possible, increase standards of facility cleaning and disinfection, among several other measures to limit interaction.
Big box stores that had to cordon off goods deemed nonessential like paint and garden supplies can resume selling those goods.
Several key components of Whitmer’s earlier orders remain in place, like the closure of restaurants and bars to dine-in service and the prohibition on all public and private gatherings of any number of people not part of a single household.
Whitmer removed prohibitions on golf and motorboating, two restrictions that Republicans had criticized. Residents can again travel between two residences within the state. It was not immediately clear whether workers at golf courses could return to in-person work. They were not listed among those under resumed activities in the order.