Some Detroit employees heading back to work under new safety measures

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Posted at 4:29 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 05:29:09-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Up to 500 City of Detroit employees are headed back to work Monday morning.

Mayor Mike Duggan said the groups did not fall under Governor Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home executive order, but he sent them home as a precaution.

All of the employees primarily work outdoors; they perform landscaping, pothole repairs and lawn services. The employees will continue to practice social distancing, the mayor said.

New safety measures include limiting crews riding together, spreading out shifts and extra work sites to enhance social distancing.

"You may see a crew of ten people and you might see several vehicles there," said Hakim Berry, the city's chief operating officer. "We want to make sure we space them apart better. They will all be required to wear masks as well as they're working."

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