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Whitmer announces statewide partial reopening of businesses, lifts medical restrictions

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: May 21, 2020


Governor permits gatherings of 10

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the statewide partial reopening of businesses, permitting gatherings of 10 persons or less with restrictions, and lifted medical restrictions.

Whitmer signed Executive Orders 96 and 97 May 21 altering the Stay-at-Home order, which is in place through May 28 to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Effective immediately, group gatherings of 10 people or less are permitted with social distancing and wearing face masks in enclosed public spaces.

Effective May 26, retail businesses and auto dealer showrooms will be open by appointment only, limiting the number of customers to 10 inside facilities at any given time. Businesses must train employees in the proper use of personal protection equipment and infection control procedures to protect themselves and customers from spreading COVID-19.

Non-essential medical, dental and veterinary services will resume on May 29 statewide. Stricter COVID-19 workplace safety practices for outpatient healthcare facilities are detailed in Executive Order 97.

Whitmer said she would be announcing another short-term extension of the Stay-at-Home order in the coming days as well as safe practices for Memorial Day weekend.

“Mask up Michigan. Keep your guard up,” she said. “I hope you have a safe holiday weekend.”

When asked why she lifted medical restrictions without reopening bars and restaurants statewide, Whitmer said, medical professionals have built up stores of personal protective equipment (PPE) and healthcare professionals are trained in best practices for their use.

For more details, click on the links to Executive Orders 96 and 97 below.

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