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Governor Whitmer Extends Protections for Nursing Home Residents and Staff, Grocery Store Workers


August 10, 2020 



Governor Whitmer Extends Protections for Nursing Home Residents and Staff, Grocery Store Workers 


LANSING, Mich. -- The governor continued to protect Michigan’s frontline workers in grocery storespharmacies and long-term care facilities by signing Executive Orders 2020-168 and 2020-169The governor’s orders extend existing safety measures, including 2 hours a week of reserved shopping time for vulnerable populations, to protect consumers and employees at grocery stores and pharmacies.   


For the past five months, Michiganders have stepped up and done their part to fight COVID-19, and frontline workers in our hospitals, grocery stores, nursing homes, and more have put their own lives on the line to protect our families,” said Governor Whitmer. “Our fight is not over yet, and that is why I am extending these protections to ensure employees, residents and customers are able to work and live in a safe environment.” 


Executive Order 2020-169 maintains the strong infection control protocols in nursing homes the governor put in place at the outset of this crisis, and protects residents from eviction and employees from retaliatory action for staying home when exhibiting symptoms. From day of the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Whitmer has taken action to protect seniors. In addition to the executive orders implementing these protections, she pushed our inspectors to complete 100% of infection control surveys more than two months before the federal deadline, and they delivered. And she has worked tirelessly to procure tests and PPE to keep seniors safe, and to facilitate testing for all nursing home residents and staff, with little to no assistance from federal authorities. Executive Order 2020-169 extends through September 7  


The health and safety of nursing home residents and staff remains a top priority for Governor Whitmer. On June 26, she created the bipartisan Michigan Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). She also signed Executive Order 2020-156 which continues the limited and temporary restrictions on the entry of individuals into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 to vulnerable populations 


Executive Order 2020-168, which continues through September 7, extends the following health and safety rules for grocery stores and pharmacies, among others:  


  • Grocery stores and pharmacies must allocate at least two hours per week of shopping time for vulnerable populations.  
  • If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, the business must notify other employees without infringing on private health information.  
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies must offer accommodations to vulnerable employees, such as low-risk assignments or a leave of absence. 


To view Executive Orders 2020-168 and 2020-169, click the links below: