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Publications | May 3, 2020
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Governor Whitmer Issues New Revised Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order

On May 1, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued new Executive Order 2020-70 (May 1st Order), which rescinded the prior Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Orders issued on April 24, 2020, March 23, 2020, and April 9, 2020 (collectively, Prior Orders). The May 1st Order takes effect immediately and continues through May 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., though many of the changes do not take effect until 12:01 a.m. on May 7, 2020.

While the May 1st Order permits certain sectors, such as construction, real estate activities and work that is traditionally and primarily performed outdoors to resume, such activities are subject to stringent precautionary measures.  

Additional Resumed Activities on May 7, 2020

The May 1st Order now includes as workers who may perform resumed activities effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 7, 2020, as: 

    In addition, people are permitted to leave their place of residence to travel to view a real estate listing by appointment.

    Additional Requirements for the Construction Industry

    Businesses in the construction industry must also: 

      Additional Requirements for Garden Stores and Nurseries; Lawn Care, Pest Control and Landscaping Operations

      Under the May 1st Order, any garden stores, nurseries, lawn care, pest control and landscaping business are now also subject to requirements of Section 12 of the May 1st Order which requires that any store that remains open for in-person sales must: 

        Stores that are less than 50,000 square feet of customer floor space must limit the number of people in the store (including employees) to 25% of the total occupancy limits established by the state fire marshal or a local fire marshal. Stores with more than 50,000 square feet must:  

          We have organized a cross-disciplinary legal team to help answer questions regarding the stay at home orders. If you have any questions or concerns related to the May 1st Order, or any previously issued stay-at-home order, please reach out to your Warner client manager or Michael Brady, Troy Cumings, Amanda Fielder or Matthew Johnson