MICHIGAN – According to Executive Order 2020-21, found on the michigan.gov website, in accordance with the temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, issued by Governor Whitmer, the current critical infrastructure workers and essential jobs or businesses have been announced. Listed below are the employers that must remain operational during the issued shut-in by Gov. Whitmer.
Critical infrastructure workers are those workers described by the Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in his guidance of March 19, 2020 on the COVID-19 response. Such workers include some workers in each of the following sectors:
- Health care and public health
- Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders
- Food and agriculture
- Water and wastewater
- Transportation and logistics
- Public works
- Communications and information technology, including news media
- Other community-based government operations and essential functions
- Critical manufacturing
- Hazardous materials
- Financial services
- Chemical supply chains and safety
- Defense industrial base
For purposes of this order, critical infrastructure workers also include:
- Child care workers (including workers at disaster relief child care centers), but only to the extent necessary to serve the children or dependents of critical infrastructure workers. This category includes individuals (whether licensed or not) who have arranged to care for the children or dependents of critical infrastructure workers.
- Workers at designated suppliers and distribution centers.
- Workers and volunteers for businesses or operations (including both and religious and secular nonprofit organizations) that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency, and people with disabilities.
- Workers in the insurance industry, but only to the extent that their work cannot be done by telephone or remotely.
- Workers who perform critical labor union functions.
Businesses, operations, suppliers, distribution centers, and service providers must decide which of their workers are required to handle the minimum basic operations, designate them, and then inform such workers of that designation, whether by electronic message, public website, or other appropriate means. Such designations may be made orally until March 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.