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Published 5/7/2020
3:16pm

Governor Whitmer Extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, Reopens Manufacturing as Part of her MI Safe Start Plan

Michigan’s Big 3 Auto Manufacturers Can Return to Work on May 11th

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Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 to extend Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 28. The governor’s order will allow manufacturing workers, including those at Michigan’s Big 3 auto companies, to resume work on Monday, May 11 as part of her MI Safe Start Plan.

“This is good news for our state, our businesses, and our working families,” said Governor Whitmer. “We’re not out of the woods yet, but this is an important step forward on our MI Safe Start plan to re-engage our economy safely and responsibly. As we continue to phase in sectors of our economy, I will keep working around the clock to ensure our businesses adopt best practices to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19. When we all keep doing our part, we can reduce the risk of a second wave and re-engage our economy safely and responsibly.”  

Under Executive Order 2020-77, manufacturing facilities must adopt measures to protect their workers from the spread of COVID-19. That includes conducting a daily entry screening protocol for workers and everyone else entering the facility, including a questionnaire covering symptoms and exposure to people with possible COVID-19, together with a temperature screening as soon as no-touch thermometers can be obtained. They must also create dedicated entry points at every facility, and suspend entry of all non-essential in-person visits, including tours.  

“Governor Whitmer has brought together leaders in business and labor to ensure our workers can return to the job safely. The safety of our workers is our top priority and I am confident that Michigan manufacturers are prepared to deliver on the worker protections included in today's order,” said John Walsh, President and CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association. “We believe the manufacturing industry has a big role to play in Michigan's economic recovery and we're ready to lead the way. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the governor to bring the manufacturing industry back up to full strength.”

Manufacturing facilities must also train workers on, among other things, how COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person, signs and symptoms of COVID-19, steps workers must take to notify the business or operation of signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or suspected or confirmed diagnosis, and the use of personal protective equipment.  

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.  

“MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber applaud the Governor for her continued steps to safely re-open our economy. Automotive and manufacturing is not only the backbone of our regional and state economy, it is essential to the functioning of the global supply chain. This is good news for Michigan and the nation,” said Glenn Stevens Jr., executive director of MICHauto, and vice president of Automotive and Mobility Initiatives for the Chamber.  

“We have supported Governor Whitmer’s approach to keeping families, communities and companies safe since the beginning of this pandemic,” said Andi Owen, President and CEO of Herman Miller. “Our manufacturing teams are at the heart of our company. Working within the governor’s guidelines will help to ensure we maintain the safest environment for our employees, both as they come to work and return home to their families.”  

The governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect until May 28, 2020. Under this order, Michiganders still must not leave their homes except to run critical errands, to engage in safe outdoor activities, or to go to specified jobs. 

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Update 5/3/2020

A rap song about Gretchen Whitmer is a hit with the Governor.  Detroit rapper, GmacCash, released the song on Saturday May 2nd.  By Monday the song had amassed more than 100,000 views on YouTube.

University of Michigan leaders are cautiously optimistic about in-person classes returning in the fall.  Meanwhile, Michigan State and Wayne State have announced they are anticipating online classes to continue in the fall.

Consumers Energy will resume demolition of a Bay County power plant this week, after the project was halted last year following an accident.  The J.C. Weadock Generating Plant is in Hampton Township.

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Michigan State Police have concluded an investigation into actions taken by East Lansing Police officers that were called "excessive" during two recent incidents.  MSP's investigation has determined the officers' actions were justified.  Meanwhile, ELPD says it will conduct new training for all officers and review certain techniques.

A security guard fatally shot at a Flint Family Dollar store may have been involved in a dispute with the shooter over the issue of wearing a face mask, according to social media reports. The incident remains under investigation.

A Lake City man led police on a 10-mile chase after an alleged assault against a woman.  That woman told authorities she has a personal protection order against the man.  The man ditched his vehicle and ran but was captured and now faces several charges including PPO violation and drunk driving.