Labor and Economic Opportunity
We're all anxious to get Michigan back to work, but we must ensure that we are properly prepared to reopen our economy safely. Learn more about how we can do that by checking out our resources for your industry, or for industry as a whole.
This table and map attempt to summarize Governor Whitmer's executive orders related to COVID-19.
The executive order should always be reviewed, and in the event of a conflict between the order and this table, the order controls.
Regions on this map and table were created by analyzing work and commuting patterns. The colors in this map indicate the phase of the MI Safe Start Plan for each region. The phase is based on a variety of factors including: (1) data on COVID-19 infections and the disease's rate of spread; (2) whether sufficient medical personnel, hospital beds, and ventilators exist to meet anticipated medical need; (3) the availability of personal protective equipment for the health care workforce; (4) the state's capacity to test for COVID-19 cases and isolate infected people; and (5) economic conditions in the state.
Businesses are subject to these orders and may also be subject to guidance issued by MIOSHA, LARA, and other state agencies where applicable. Social distancing and mask requirements apply to all activities listed in the table.
Are you in need of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including face masks, face shields, gloves and goggles as your business transitions to in-person operations over the coming weeks? Pure Michigan Business Connect is offering a procurement program to assist businesses in accessing non-medical grade Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to keep their employees and customers safe as they begin resuming in-person operations, as is required by Executive Order 2020-97.
The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has developed new guidance on Suitable Work and Refusal of Work for workers and employers.
While the guidance reminds employers of their obligations to follow workplace safety laws and guidance related to COVID-19, it also focuses on policy that expanding good-cause related to COVID-19 for employees who refuse offers of work and seek to continue receiving unemployment benefits.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) launched a new hotline to help answer COVID-19 workplace guideline questions. The new toll-free number will provide additional support, utilizing experienced MIOSHA staff, to best answer questions from employers and workers to quickly respond to inquiries related to COVID-19 for all involved.
Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using the new hotline at
Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan outlines how we will begin to re-engage while continuing to keep our communities safe. Re-engagement will happen in phases. Those businesses that are necessary to protect and sustain life are already open. As we move into lower-risk phases, additional business categories will re-open and the restrictions on public gatherings and social interactions will ease.
MI Safe Start Map is an online dashboard that visually illustrates COVID-19 risks and trends in Michigan, providing residents with important information about the pandemic status where they live and work.
In an effort to help reopen businesses safely and re-engage in the economy, the MI Symptoms Web Application is a cost-free way for employers to comply with Executive Order 2020-145 and implement a COVID-19 symptoms screening questionnaire for employees.
Employers who want to register their business for MI Symptoms need to complete this form.