Who and what is exempt from Michigan's stay-at-home order

Posted at 4:48 AM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 17:25:38-04

(WXYZ) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday issued a three-week order that residents stay at home and not gather in public or private with people who are not part of their household, with exceptions.


Here's a list of who and what is exempted:


  • Health care and public health
  • Law enforcement, public safety, first responders
  • Food and agriculture
  • Energy
  • Water and wastewater
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Public works
  • Communications and information technology, including news media
  • Government operations and essential functions
  • Critical manufacturing
  • Hazardous materials
  • Financial services
  • Chemical supply chains and safety
  • Defense industrial base
  • Child care, but only to serve children or dependents of critical infrastructure workers
  • Suppliers of businesses or operations that employ critical infrastructure workers
  • Insurance, but only if work cannot be done by telephone or remotely
  • Those who work for or volunteer for places providing food and shelter to low-income people and the disabled
  • Workers who perform critical labor union functions, including those administering health and welfare funds and monitoring the well-being and safety of members who are critical infrastructure workers. The work should be done by phone or remotely where possible.


  • Workers whose presence is strictly necessary to allow a business or operation to maintain the value of inventory and equipment, care for animals, ensure security, process transactions — including payroll and employee benefits — or facilitate the ability of other employees to work remotely.


People can leave their home to:

  • Engage in outdoor activity, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity consistent with remaining at least 6 feet from people from outside their household.
  • Perform tasks that are necessary to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members, including pets. Examples include getting medicine and seeking emergency medical or dental care.
  • 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. Examples include buying groceries, takeout food, gasoline, needed medical supplies and any other products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and basic operation of their residence.
  • Care for a family member or a family member’s pet in another household.
  • Care for minors, dependents, the elderly, persons with disabilities or other vulnerable persons.
  • Visit an individual under the care of a health care facility to the extent otherwise permitted.
  • Attend legal proceedings or hearings for essential or emergency purposes as ordered by a court.
  • Work or volunteer for places that provide food and shelter for low-income or otherwise needy individuals.
  • Return to a home or place of residence from outside this state.
  • Leave Michigan for a home or residence elsewhere.
  • Travel between two residences in the state.
  • Transport children pursuant to a custody agreement.