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New guidelines for local stores, businesses under extended stay-at-home order

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Posted at 9:40 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 21:55:22-04

(WXYZ) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order for the state with additional guidelines for the public and businesses to adhere to until the order expires at midnight on April 30.

Among the guidelines are rules local stores and businesses that are continuing in-person work must follow.

Some of the rules include restricting the number of workers on the premises to only what's necessary. For stores with less than 50,000 square feet of customer floor space, the order calls for limiting 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, the order states.

For stores with more than 50,000 square feet of floor space, the order calls for a limit of the number of customers to four people per 1,000 square feet.

Stores should also be closing off areas that sell the following goods: carpet, flooring, furniture, garden centers and plant nurseries and paint.

The executive order also notes that "by April 13, 2020, (stores must) refrain from the advertising or promotion of goods that are not groceries, medical supplies, or items that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and basic operation of residences."

Additionally, local stores must dedicate at least two hours per week where vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic conditions, can safely shop.

Read more of the extended executive order here.

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