May 19, 2020
Reopening a business in Michigan?
Here are the minimum regulatory requirements
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Monday laying out extensive workplace safety requirements for businesses to adhere to as they reopen after the two-month coronavirus pandemic shutdown.
Businesses that have already reopened are required to submit a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan by June 1 to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity that's consistent with Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations, Whitmer said Monday.
Northern Michigan restaurants, bars, retail stores and offices reopening Friday will have two weeks to develop a written plan that "must be made readily available to employees, labor unions and customers" online or a printed copy, according to Whitmer's Executive Order No. 91.
All other businesses will have to create a similar plan within two weeks of reopening for in-person activities, Whitmer said.
Here are 10 requirements spelled out in Whitmer's executive order that all businesses must adhere to:
Restaurants Restaurants in 17 counties in the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula that are permitted to reopen Friday at 50 percent capacity will have to close their waiting areas and "ask customers to wait in cars for a call when their table is ready."
Self-serve salad bars have to remain closed and hosts and servers are required to wear face masks inside the dining room of each restaurant or bar, according to Whitmer's order.
The order also requires restaurants to close "immediately if an employee shows multiple symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, atypical shortness of breath, atypical cough) and perform a deep clean, consistent with guidance from FDA and the Center for Disease Control." The deep cleaning can occur overnight, according to the order.
In the officeIn office workplace settings, water fountains must be turned off and face-coverings will be required for in-person meetings and in restrooms and hallways, according to the order.
Manufacturing facilities must implement additional work shift schedules to reduce the number of people in a facility at one time, as well as stagger break times and lunch hours.
The order also requires manufacturers to "reduce congestion in common spaces wherever practicable by, for example, closing salad bars and buffets within cafeterias and kitchens, requiring individuals to sit at least six feet from one another, placing markings on the floor to allow social distancing while standing in line, offering boxed food via delivery or pick-up points, and reducing cash payments."
When a worker in a manufacturing facility tests positive for COVID-19, the company is required to "maintain a central log for symptomatic employees or employees who received a positive test for COVID-19" and "send potentially exposed individuals home upon identification of a positive case of COVID-19 in the facility."
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