Hello members and industry partners,
Executive Order 2020-60, which was signed by Governor Whitmer on Friday and highlighted on Sunday, mandates temporary safety measures for food-selling establishments and temporary relief from requirements applicable to the renewal of licenses for the food-service industry. The information below provides us with a good idea of what sort of mandatory requirements bars and restaurants may face upon re-opening.
From the Order:
The COVID-19 pandemic has created the risk of COVID-19 exposure in food-selling establishments and pharmacies. Given the need to protect employees and the public from exposure to COVID-19, it is necessary and reasonable to impose standards for food-selling establishments and pharmacies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and disease transmission. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed an immediate and unprecedented strain on Michigan’s food service industries, local health departments, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Given the additional workload of local health departments and MDARD due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and given these agencies’ statutorily defined role in the renewal of licenses for the food service industry, it is also necessary and reasonable to provide limited and temporary relief from certain licensing requirements and regulations.
Acting under the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, I order the following:
1. Any individual who enters a food-selling establishment or pharmacy who is able
to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over his or her nose
and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief.
2. Grocery stores and pharmacies must create at least two hours per week of
dedicated shopping time for vulnerable populations, which for purposes of this
order are people over 60, pregnant people, and those with chronic conditions,
including heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
3. Food-selling establishments and pharmacies must deploy strategies to reduce
COVID-19 exposure for their customers and employees, including but not limited
to the strategies described in sections 11 and 12 of Executive Order 2020-59 or
any order that follows from it, as well as the following:
(a) Provide access to handwashing facilities, including those available in public
(b) Require checkout employees to wear coverings over their noses and mouths,
such as homemade masks, scarves, bandanas, or handkerchiefs;
(c) Allow employees sufficient break time to wash hands as needed;
(d) Use best efforts to ensure checkout employees to disinfect their hands between
orders to prevent cross-contamination;
(e) Use best efforts to provide employees and customers access to an alcohol-based
hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, as recommended by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
(f) Use best efforts to provide disinfecting wipes at cash registers and entrance
points for customers to disinfect carts and baskets, as well as at other
(g) Ensure that both employees and customers remain at least six feet apart to
the maximum extent possible, including during employee breaks, for example
by reviewing floor plans, creating temporary barriers, designating aisles as
one-way only, and demarcating queueing distances;
(h) Close self-serve prepared food stations such as salad bars;
(i) Eliminate free samples and tasting stations;
(j) Adopt procedures to meet the environmental cleaning guidelines set by the
CDC, including by cleaning and disinfecting frequent touchpoints throughout
the day such as point of sale terminals at registers, shopping carts, and
(k) Prohibit employees who are sick from reporting to work and send employees
home if they display symptoms of COVID-19. Employees who test positive for
COVID-19 or who display one or more of the principal symptoms of COVID-19
should follow the procedures of Executive Order 2020-36 or any order that
follows from it;
(l) Accommodate employees who fall within a vulnerable population by providing
lower-exposure work assignments or giving them the option to take an unpaid
leave of absence with a return date coinciding with the end of the declared
states of emergency and disaster, or May 21, 2020, whichever is later. Nothing
in this executive order abrogates any right to disability benefits. Employees
who take an unpaid leave of absence as described in this subsection are
encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits;
(m)Close to the public for sufficient time each night to allow stores to be properly
(n) Encourage cash transactions to be processed at self-checkout kiosks when
(o) Develop and implement a daily screening program, as described herein, for all
staff upon or just prior to reporting to work sites.
(1) The screening procedures must include the following questions:
(A) Do you have any of the following symptoms?
(i) Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher (as measured by a touchless
thermometer if available, but a verbal confirmation of lack of
fever is sufficient if a touchless thermometer is not available);
(ii) Cough (excluding chronic cough due to a known medical reason
other than COVID-19);
(iii) Shortness of breath;
(iv) Sore throat; or
(v) Diarrhea (excluding diarrhea due to a known medical reason
other than COVID-19).
(B) Have you travelled internationally or outside of Michigan in the last
14 days, excluding commuting from a home location outside of
Michigan? For purposes of this order, commuting is defined as
traveling between one’s home and work on a regular basis.
(C) Have you had any close contact in the last 14 days with someone with
a diagnosis of COVID-19?
(2) Any affirmative response to screening questions (1)(A) or (B) above
requires the individual to be excluded:
(A) For at least 72 hours with no fever (three full days of no fever without
use of medicine that reduces fever) and other symptoms have
improved (for example, when cough and shortness of breath have
improved) and at least seven days have passed since symptoms first
(B) Except for necessary workers engaged in travel related to supply
chain and critical infrastructure, for 14 days following travel unless
that travel was due to commuting from a home location outside of
(3) An employee who provides an affirmative response to screening question
(1)(C) may be allowed to continue work at the employer’s discretion
provided they remain asymptomatic and the employer implements the
following additional precautions to protect the employee and the
(A) Employers should measure the employee’s temperature and assess
symptoms each day before they start work. Ideally, temperature
checks should happen before the individual enters the facility. A
touchless thermometer, or a dedicated thermometer for the employee
if not touchless, should be used. Sharing of any thermometer other
than a touchless thermometer is strictly prohibited.
(B) As long as the employee does not have a fever or other symptoms,
they should self-monitor under the supervision of their employer’s
occupational health program or other programs in place to protect
employee health and safety.
(C) If the employee begins to experience symptoms during the day, they
should be sent home immediately.
(D) The employee should wear a face mask at all times while in the
workplace for 14 days after last exposure. Employers can issue
facemasks or can approve employees’ supplied cloth face coverings in
the event of shortages.
(E) The employee should maintain at least six feet of distance from other
people as work duties permit.
(F) Beyond standard cleaning protocol, clean and disinfect all areas such
as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment
routinely known to be impacted by the exposed employee for 14 days
after last exposure.
(4) Nothing in this section limits the operations of first responders, health
care institutions, public health functions, pharmacies, and other entities
that are involved in the mitigation of risk during this pandemic.
- Vendors moving between food-selling establishments must frequently clean and
disinfect frequent touch points.
- If an employee at a food-selling establishment tests positive for COVID-19, the
establishment must notify food vendors and other employees of the positive test
result as soon as possible and in no case later than 12 hours after receiving the
test result, without revealing the personal health-related information of any
- Strict compliance with sections 3119, 4109, 4113, and 4115 of the Food Law, 92
PA 2000, as amended, MCL 289.3119, MCL 289.4109, MCL 289.4113, and MCL
289.4115, is temporarily suspended to the extent necessary to extend the deadline
for local health departments to submit fees under section 3119, and to extend the
license and registration expiration dates under sections 4109 and 4115, until 60
days after the end of the declared states of emergency and disaster. Furthermore,
late fees shall not be assessed under sections 4113 or 4115 during the 2020–2021
- Strict compliance with subsection 6137 of the Food Law, MCL 289.6137, is
suspended to the extent necessary to make a license holder eligible for a special
transitory temporary food unit for the 2020–2021 licensing year, even if the
license holder received only 1 evaluation during the 2019–2020 licensing year.
- For the purposes of this order, “food-selling establishments” means grocery
stores, convenience stores, restaurants that sell groceries or food available for
takeout, and any other business that sells food.
- Consistent with MCL 10.33 and MCL 30.405(3), a willful violation of this order is
- This order is effective immediately and continues through May 22, 2020.
READ THE FULL ORDER HERE!