Stay Home, Stay Safe: COVID-19 Community Mitigation Strategies
UPDATED March 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, and for at least three weeks, all Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and all Michiganders must stay in their homes unless they are part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store. See additional Washtenaw County orders for essential businesses remaining open at the bottom of this page.
Under the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order, everyone should:
- Stay at home - Do not leave home except for essential tasks such as getting groceries or seeking medical care.
- If you are out, stay at least 6 feet away from others and avoid any gatherings.
- Wash your hands often and well, especially after being away from home
- Do not touch your face or mouth, especially when out
- Check on others - Call your loved ones and neighbors who are most at risk and see how they are doing. If they require an essential errand, see how you can help.
Under the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order you CAN:
- Go to the grocery store or pick up take-out food.
- Go to the pharmacy to pick up a needed prescription.
- Engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, biking.
- Go to the hospital or secure any care necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve your health or the health of a loved one.
- Fill your car with gas.
- Return to Michigan to a home or place of residence from outside the State.
- Leave the State for a home or residence elsewhere.
- Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian for needed medical care.
Under the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order you MAY NOT:
- Leave the home to work unless your employer designates you as a critical infrastructure worker.
- Participate in any public gatherings.
- Visit someone in the hospital, nursing home, or other residential care facilities (with limited exceptions).
- Go to the mall or to dine-in restaurants.
Orders and Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Businesses and Workers
More Information and Executive Orders
- Recommendations for Places of Worship
- View Stay Home, Stay Safe guidance from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
- View all of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders and Directives.