Michigan: The Official Stance for Construction
Construction Status: Essential
Announced on April 9, the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer ordered a shutdown of all non-essential services and business. However, construction has listed to be an essential service like many other states. With a stay at home order, an executive order listing all the non-essential businesses and services was also released.
Presently, the state of Michigan is moving towards recovery but still Governor Whitmer has announced executive orders to mandate the wearing of masks on July 17, 2020. Besides this, the Government is planning to improve the funding to ensure the economic development in the state.
October 2020 Update: With rising number of cases in the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan, Governor Whitmer has announced a change of status from phase 5 to phase 4 for preventing further spread. Specifically, region 6 and region 8 defined by Michigan government are ordered to stick with remote work guidelines wherever possible. Though there are no specific guidelines related to construction, the construction workers and contractors have to stick with safety guidelines at worksite to avoid contagion.
Governing Body: Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer
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However, all the non-essential activities including residential and remodeling construction have ceased. The overall situation has caused confusion for most construction firms who have been demanding written clarification according to this news report.