Today at 11 o’clock, the governor issued an order requiring all Michiganders performing non-essential work functions to stay home. The order goes into effect at 12:01am Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The order is set to last 3 weeks (until April 13).
The order, which can be found here, requires the close of businesses that are not essential. This does not include:
- Grocery stores and pharmacies
- Restaurant takeout
- Emergency medical services
- Gas stations
- Utilities, including energy and water
- Banks and credit union
- Transportation and public works
- Communications and information technology
- Childcare workers
These workers can go to and from work as well as to other essential businesses.
Citizens are not locked down in their homes, but rather are encouraged to get outside for a walk or other exercise. However, “social distancing” (keeping at least 6ft away from others) is still recommended.
Violation of this order is a misdemeanor.
I urge everyone to be care and, most importantly, be safe.