Sunday, April 26, 2020

Michigan Governor Whitmer Executive Order Focuses on Food Service and Pharmacies-Executive Order 2020-42

The State of Michigan is slowly opening and we are likely to see a number of executive orders rising to define aspects of that opening. The latest executive order (Executive Order 2020-42) seems to focus more on protecting food service and pharmacy workers. It also requires extra time (vulnerable populations) to shop.  It instills special workplace requirements to protect oneself and employees. There is also workplace screening criteria included in the order. Food service licensing will be delayed for some time due to limited health department resources.

I'm not sure where this executive order is leaning but seems to be oriented more around definitions of closing some "risk" spots. I wonder if there will be an opening of some additional food service establishments in the near future? Not sure.....

From State of Michigan Press Release,9309,7-387-90499_90640-527058--,00.html

  • Require checkout employees to wear some form of covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief;  
  • Ensure that both employees and customers remain at least six feet apart to the maximum extent possible; 
  • Close self-serve prepared food stations such as salad bars and eliminate free samples and tasting stations; 
  • 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 shopping baskets; 
  • Prohibit employees who are sick from reporting to work and send employees home if they display symptoms of COVID-19.  
  • 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 states of emergency and disaster. 
  • Develop and implement a daily screening program, as described herein, for all staff upon or just prior to reporting to work sites. 
  • And more. 

Due to the increased strain on Michigan’s food service industry, local health departments, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the governor has extended the deadline for certain forms of licensing and registration.   

Executive order 2020-60 is effective immediately. To view the orderclick the link below:  

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