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Tighter restrictions for Oakland County businesses remaining open go into effect

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Posted at 1:30 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 06:29:08-04

(WXYZ) — Businesses in Oakland County that are remaining open during the stay-at-home order will have tighter restrictions, Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter announced on Tuesday.

According to Coulter, the order will require tighter screening procedures for employees of essential businesses and implementation of social distancing for employees and customers.

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard says that residents can call the non-emergency line if they believe there is a non-essential business still operating and a deputy will be sent out to assess. If deemed non-essential, the business owner or manager will be informed.

Deputies will not shut anyone down, but they will file reports with the health department and attorney general. At a future date, the business could lose its license or potentially be charged by the AG's office.

Related: Read the full stay-at-home executive order signed by Gov. Whitmer

Businesses that remain open must implement a daily screening program for all staff that comes in. The screenings must include symptom check, a temperature check when a touchless thermometer is available, and questions about close contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or traveled in the last two weeks.

If an employee shows symptoms or has traveled, employees must be excluded for 3 days with no fever and seven days from the first symptom, or 14 days if its close contact of a diagnosed COVID-19 case.

On top of that, businesses must implement a plan to manage and control social distancing for employees working alongside one another and people waiting in line. They must limit capacity inside facilities to provide for social distancing, and the order must be published at the entrance of the facility.

You can read the order below.

Oakland County Health Order for Screening at Businesses by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd

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