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Whitmer, Duggan imposing safety measures on grocery stores

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Posted at 5:52 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 09:01:17-04

(WXYZ) — The State of Michigan and City of Detroit are cracking down on grocery stores to prevent a second wave of COVID-19.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he wants every grocery store clerk tested. On Sunday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued another executive order that aims to protect grocery store employees and pharmacists, along with the customers.

On Friday, Duggan said every grocery store employee in the city of Detroit needs to be tested by May 11.

Duggan said that if grocery store employees do not get tested, the city will take appropriate legal action.

"If you aren't committed to the safety of your customers, I'm going to make sure you aren't continuing to operate in this city."

The executive order states that any individual able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over their nose and mouth, like a homemade scarf, bandanna or handkerchief when in any enclosed public space.

Additionally, establishments and frequently touched areas must be cleaned routinely following CDC guidelines. Supermarkets and pharmacies must set aside two hours per week for vulnerable people to shop alone.

Employees who are sick or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home.

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