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Important Implications for Businesses Regarding New Michigan Executive Orders 160 and 161

By Jack F. Petroskey

On July 29th, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed two new Executive Orders that reimpose certain public health policies that restrict business operations. The two orders effectively require businesses to resume limited operations, just as businesses were required as of June 1, 2020. Executive Order 160 and Executive Order 161 apply to businesses statewide.

Specifically, Executive Order 160 requires all employers to mandate that any work that is capable of being performed remotely (i.e., without the worker leaving his or her home or place of residence) be performed remotely.

It mandates the closure of in person service at bars, indoor gymnasiums, fitness centers, amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, indoor dance areas, skating rinks, trampoline parks, indoor theaters, cinemas, and performance venues in the State of Michigan. Casinos in Michigan now must limit admission to 15% of their capacity.

Moreover, Executive Order 160 requires that an indoor social gathering or organized event among persons not part of the same household be limited to 10 people or less.

Executive Order 160 is effective July 31, 2020. Employers do not have a lot of time to change their policies if they allow workers to work on site. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please call Kemp Klein Law Firm.

If eligible employers require their employees to leave the homes residences for work must, then they must comply with Executive Order 161, which imposes health and safety standards for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

For further information or questions please contact Kemp Klein.