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Michigan car wash accused of violating Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order

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Posted at 3:24 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 15:36:49-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel sent a cease and desist order to a car wash in Portage for allegedly failing to comply with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order.

The order limits business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nessel says Crystal Car Wash in Portage is not considered critical infrastructure under the executive order and should not be maintaining on-site operations. Reports indicated the car wash was still open.

“Businesses across Michigan must carefully consider the legal and financial consequences they will face if they are not complying with the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, as well as their individual moral responsibilities to protect the health and safety of their customers and employees. We all have a role to play in this public emergency, and we will get through this by working together," Nessel said in a press release.

Violations of the executive order can result in a $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail for each offense, as well as licensing penalties for businesses and other entities.

The Attorney General’s office recently added a new section to its website,Know Your Employment Rights, to provide Michigan residents with more information on the legal rights of employees and employers under the executive order.

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