Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110 rescinding several previous executive orders and moving all of Michigan into Phase Four of the MI Safe Start Plan. 

Executive Order 2020-110 allows retail businesses to reopen with capacity limits starting June 4, 2020 and restaurants and bars to fully open June 8, 2020 also with capacity limits. 

Retailers and restaurants who plan to reopen must be prepared to follow the restrictions listed in Executive Order 2020-97 to ensure employees and guests are safe and protected. Some of these restrictions include:

  • Create communications material for customers (e.g., signs or pamphlets) to inform them of changes to store practices and to explain the precautions the store is taking to prevent infection.
  • Establish lines to regulate entry in accordance with subsection (c) of this section, with markings for patrons to enable them to stand at least six feet apart from one another while waiting. 
    • Stores should also explore alternatives to lines, including by allowing customers to wait in their cars for a text message or phone call, to enable social distancing and to accommodate seniors and those with disabilities.
    • Post signs at store entrance(s) instructing customers of their legal obligation to wear a face covering when inside the store.
    • Post signs at store entrance(s) informing customers not to enter if they are or have recently been sick.

Observe the following retail occupancy restrictions found in Executive Order 2020-97

  • For stores of less than 50,000 square feet of customer floor space, must limit the number of people in the store (including employees) to 25% of the total occupancy limits established by the State Fire Marshal or a local fire marshal. Stores of more than 50,000 square feet must:
    • Limit the number of customers in the store at one time (excluding employees) to 4 people per 1,000 square feet of customer floor space.
  • Create at least two hours per week of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable populations, which for purposes of this order are people over 60, pregnant women, and those with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

Adhere to the following restaurant restrictions found in Executive Order 2020-97 

  • Limit capacity to 50% of normal seating.
  • Require six feet of separation between parties or groups at different tables or bar tops (e.g., spread tables out, use every other table, remove or put up chairs or bar stools that are not in use).
  • Close self-serve food or drink options, such as buffets, salad bars, and drink stations.
  • Post sign(s) instructing customers to wear face coverings until they get to their table.


Develop a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan for employees, customers, etc. by June 1 or within two weeks of reopening. Learn more and review the provided templates here.

  • Notify employees if the employer learns that an individual (including a customer or supplier) with a confirmed case of COVID-19 has visited the store. 
  • Limit staffing to the minimum number necessary to operate.
  • Provide masks to all employees.
  • Require face coverings when employees and customers cannot maintain six feet of distance.
  • Designate supervisors to monitor compliance at all times and increase facility cleaning standards. 

Train employees on:

  • Appropriate cleaning procedures, including training for cashiers on cleaning between customers.
  • How to manage symptomatic customers upon entry or in the store.

Michigan Gov. Rescinds Safer at Home Order, Moves Michigan to Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110 June 1, 2020. 

Under this order, retailers will be allowed to resume operations on June 4. Restaurants and bars may reopen fully on June 8. Swimming pools and day camps for kids will also be permitted to reopen on the same day. Those businesses and activities will be subject to safety guidance to mitigate the risk of infection. 

Michiganders must continue to wear face coverings when in enclosed public spaces and should continue to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves, their co-workers, their loved ones, and their communities.  

Businesses and activities that necessarily involve close contact and shared surfaces, including gyms, hair salons, indoor theaters, tattoo parlors, casinos, and similar establishments, will remain closed for the time being.

Workplace Safety Guidance and Resources as Businesses Reopen:

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) launched a online COVID-19 Workplace Safety Resources website that includes toolkits, guidelines and strategies to ensure workplaces are safe as they enter the reopening phase. 

Workplace Safety Guidance and Resources:

In addition to the general workplace guidelines, MIOSHA has provided detailed steps and guidelines for several different types of industries as they reopen: 

Employers and staff should review these guidelines provided to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure they are following the required safety procedures that are listed. 


Discover more resources for Michigan Businesses experiencing economic challenges. MMDC has been working diligently to keep an up-to-date blog that includes programs, tools and news updates related to COVID-19. 

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