Review: Michigan governor adds new rules to govern stores that sell groceries, vacation properties while extending stay-at-home order

This Executive Order by the Michigan governor places on stores that sell groceries (including “big box” stores) more rigorous social distancing controls and limits on items that may be sold or advertised, and also bans most vacation property rentals.

The new Executive Order states that any store that is allowed to remain open for in-person sales must:

  1. Establish lines to regulate entry in accordance with subsections (c) and (d), 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.
  2. Consider establishing curbside pick-up to reduce in-store traffic and mitigate outdoor lines.
  3. For stores of less than 50,000 square feet of customer floor space, 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.
  4. For stores of more than 50,000 square feet:
    (1) 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. The amount of customer floor space must be calculated to exclude store areas that are closed under subprovision (2) of this subsection.
    (2) Close areas of the store—by cordoning them off, placing signs in aisles, posting prominent signs, removing goods from shelves, or other appropriate means—that are dedicated to the following classes of goods:
    (A) Carpet or flooring.
    (B) Furniture.
    (C) Garden centers and plant nurseries.
    (D) Paint.
    (3) By April 13, 2020, refrain from the advertising or promotion of goods that are not groceries, medical supplies, or items that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and basic operation of residences.
    (4) 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.

The order also prohibits anyone from advertising or renting a short-term vacation property except as necessary to assist in housing a health care professional or volunteer aiding in the response to
the COVID-19 crisis.

|2020-04-11T09:49:11-04:00April 10th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: Michigan governor adds new rules to govern stores that sell groceries, vacation properties while extending stay-at-home order

About the Author: Ross Silverman

Ross Silverman
Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health and Professor of Public Health and Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He is a member of the IU Centers on Health Policy and Bioethics. His research focuses on public health and medical law, policy, and ethics, and law's impact on health outcomes and vulnerable populations. He also serves as Associate Editor on Legal Epidemiology for Public Health Reports, the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service. His most recent Covid-19 publications include: "Ensuring Uptake of Vaccines Against SARS-CoV-2" in the New England Journal of Medicine (with MM Mello & SB Omer), and "Covid-19: control measures must be equitable and inclusive" in BMJ (with ZD Berger, NG Evans & AL Phelan)

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