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Business Law Update: Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order to Reopen Construction and Real Estate Industries on May 7th

Business Law COVID-19

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order on Friday, May 1st allowing the construction and real estate industries to go back to work starting at 12:01 am on Thursday, May 7th.  Allowed activities include:

  • Construction industry, including contractors such as plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians and similar workers.
  • Real estate industry, including agents, appraisers, brokers, inspectors, surveyors, and registers of deeds
    • Any showings, inspections, appraisals, photography or videography, or final walk-throughs are required to be performed by appointment and must be limited to no more than four people on the premises at one time.
    • Private showings may only be arranged for owner-occupied homes, vacant homes, vacant land, commercial property and industrial property
  • Workers for moving or storage operation.
  • Workers who perform jobs primarily outside, including forestry workers, outdoor power equipment technicians, parking enforcement workers, and similar workers.
  • Workers who are necessary to manufacture goods that support workplace modification to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Businesses that reopen for in-person work are required to develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan. Social distancing must be maintained between employees.  Construction sites are also required to develop practices to prevent infection including, designating a site supervisor to enforce COVID-19 protection, conduct daily employee health screenings, limit entry points to the site, ensure handwashing or sanitizing stations are available.

Michigan’s Stay at Home Order remains in place until May 15th.