Stay-at-home executive order now in effect for State of Michigan

Posted at 11:12 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 12:36:51-04

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order is currently in effect for at least three weeks.

Read a Q&A from the governor's office here about what can stay open or what must close

Critical services will remain open, and people will be allowed to leave to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, to take care of family members, and you can still go outside for walks, runs, hikes and more. Just maintain social distancing. Also remaining open will be banks, gas stations and more.

Schools will also remain closed until April 13.

Read the entire order below.

Gov. Whitmer announces stay-at-home order by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd

Exceptions to the order where people can leave their house include:

(1) To engage in outdoor activity, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household.
(2) To perform their jobs as critical infrastructure workers after being so designated by their employers. (Critical infrastructure workers who need not be designated under section 5(a) may leave their home for work without a designation.)
(3) To conduct minimum basic operations, as described in section 4(b), after being designated to perform such work by their employers.
(4) To perform necessary government activities, as described in section 6.
(5) To perform tasks that are necessary to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets). Individuals may, for example, leave the home or place of residence to secure medication or to seek medical or dental care that is necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve the health and safety of a household or family member (including procedures that, in accordance with a duly implemented nonessential procedures postponement plan, have not been postponed).
(6) To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves, their family or household members, and their vehicles. Individuals must secure such services or supplies via delivery to the maximum extent possible. As needed, however, individuals may leave the home or place of residence to purchase groceries, take-out food, gasoline, needed medical supplies, and any other products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and basic operation of their residences.
(7) To care for a family member or a family member’s pet in another household. 5
(8) To care for minors, dependents, the elderly, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
(9) To visit an individual under the care of a health care facility, residential care facility, or congregate care facility, to the extent otherwise permitted.
(10) To attend legal proceedings or hearings for essential or emergency purposes as ordered by a court.
(11) To work or volunteer for businesses or operations (including both and religious and secular nonprofit organizations) that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency, and people with disabilities.

People may also travel to:
(1) To return to a home or place of residence from outside this state.
(2) To leave this state for a home or residence elsewhere.
(3) To travel between two residences in this state. (4) As required by law enforcement or a court order, including the transportation of children pursuant to a custody agreement.

Critical infrastructure workers are described as:

(a) Health care and public health.
(b) Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders.
(c) Food and agriculture.
(d) Energy.
(e) Water and wastewater.
(f) Transportation and logistics.
(g) Public works.
(h) Communications and information technology, including news media.
(i) Other community-based government operations and essential functions.
(j) Critical manufacturing.
(k) Hazardous materials.
(l) Financial services.
(m) Chemical supply chains and safety.
(n) Defense industrial base

Related: Gov. Whitmer signs executive stay-at-home order

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