By AMY DRUMM
MORE INDUSTRIES RETURN TO WORK BY JUNE 15
Under new executive orders signed today, lots more reopening will occur over the next two weeks. Executive Order 2020-115 allows for social gatherings or organized events of up to 50 people indoors and 250 people if the gathering is outdoors. These limits do not apply to “incidental” gatherings in a shared space like a shopping mall, restaurant or airport.
CHANGES FOR RETAIL
Under Executive Order 2020-114 (safeguards for workers), retailers in Northern Michigan (Regions 6 & 8) no longer need to limit their capacity or offer vulnerable shopping hours (unless the retailer is a grocery store or pharmacy, which is still required to offer at least two hours of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable shoppers under Executive Order 2020-109). This change is effective immediately. There are no changes to the other requirements. Employees and customers must still wear face coverings when they are in an enclosed space and/or cannot keep six feet social distance.
Businesses or operations that provide in-home services have resumed activities. These in-home appointment businesses must perform daily health screenings, maintain appointment records, limit interaction with customers, inquire before entering a home if anyone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or has had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (and reschedule if they have), limit the number of employees to only those necessary and follow the CDC’s guidance on wearing gloves.
The order also further extends the safety requirements for grocery stores and pharmacies detailed in Executive Order 2020-109 through the end of the state of emergency. These restrictions include closing self-serve stations, disinfecting carts and baskets between customers and requiring at least two hours of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable shoppers.
SALONS AND PERSONAL CARE SERVICE BUSINESSES
Barbering, cosmetology services, body art services (including tattooing and body piercing), tanning services, massage services, or similar personal-care services can resume statewide as of 12:01 a.m. on June 15. These services can resume in Regions 6 & 8 on June 10. Personal care businesses must maintain records of appointments, ensure six feet of social distance between stations and eliminate waiting areas and frequently touched items like magazines that cannot be sanitized. Workers and customers must wear face coverings at all times, except that customers may temporarily remove a face covering when receiving a service that requires its removal. During services that require a customer to remove their face covering, an employee must wear a face shield or goggles in addition to the face covering.
Indoor recreation at an arcade, bowling alley, cinema, climbing facility, convention center, performance space, meeting hall, night club, sports arena, theater or similar venue may open if it ensures social distancing of non-household members, with a limit of 25% capacity not to exceed 250 persons. For theaters, each separate auditorium or screening room is considered a separate venue. Outdoor recreation at a concert space, race track, sports arena, stadium or similar venue may open if it ensures social distancing of non-household members, with a limit of 25% capacity not to exceed 500 persons.
YOUTH WORK PERMITS ORDER EXTENDED
Also extended today via Executive Order 2020-116 is an order that suspends the requirement for youth employees to get an in-person work permit from a school district now through July 3. The order allows permits to be granted electronically and requires issuing officers to make the accessibility information publicly available. It also waives the requirement the permit be printed on a certain color paper.