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