FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2020
Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order To Protect Migrant Agricultural Workers Living in Congregate Housing
LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-111, which provides additional requirements and procedures to keep agricultural workers and the food supply safe from the effects of COVID-19.
“It’s critical for Michiganders to have access to healthy and nutritious food grown right here in our state, and one of the best ways to ensure that is to make sure migrant agricultural workers are protected against the spread of COVID-19,” Governor Whitmer said. “This Executive Order will save lives and help keep the state’s agricultural sector running smoothly and consistently.”
Executive Order 2020-111, which takes effect immediately and expires on June 29, requires owners and operators of employer-provided migrant housing licensed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) provide residents with the same safeguards businesses are required to provide workers under Executive Order 2020-97. This includes creating a COVID-19 response plan, providing Personal Protective Equipment and following social distancing measures.
Housing owners and operators must also:
“COVID-19 can spread easily in settings where many people live in close proximity, such as the migrant housing where thousands of migrant agricultural workers live in Michigan each year,” Governor Whitmer said. “Migrant agricultural workers are an essential workforce in Michigan and securing their health and well-being will help ensure Michigan’s food supply chain is not disrupted.”
To view Executive Order 2020-111, click the links below: