Governor Whitmer starts to reopen businesses in UP, Traverse City Regions

Governor Whitmer's official press photo

LANSING — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-92, allowing for the reopening, in two regions, of retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating. The two regions are both in the northern part of the state—specifically, MERC regions 6 and 8, as detailed in the governor’s MI Safe Start Plan to re-engage Michigan’s economy.

The governor also signed executive order 2020-91 to ensure robust protections for Michigan workers as she continues to re-engage parts of the economy. This executive order requires all businesses to adhere to strict safety guidelines to protect their workers, their patrons, and their communities from infection. To foster compliance, the governor also signed Executive Directive 2020-6 to appoint a Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO).

Today, the governor was joined by Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan, Dow CEO Jim Fitterling, Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers, Northern Michigan Alliance Chair Stacie Bytwork, and Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association President and CEO Justin Winslow.

To read the full executive order, click here.