Guidance for Businesses & Organizations

UPDATED Dec 4, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Updated quarantine guidance for close contacts:

Close contacts of a COVID-19 positive individual (less than 6 feet apart for 15+ minutes total) must quarantine. This means that they should not leave their home except to seek medical care and should not have any visitors in their home. We recommend the general public quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with an infected person. This option is the safest for everyone.

However, a growing body of data shows that the risk of illness is greatly reduced between days 11-14. Therefore, quarantine can end after 10 days if you did not develop ANY symptoms, AND you continue to monitor symptoms for the full 14 days. Even if the close contact tests negative for COVID-19, they must complete the full quarantine period. 

Some individuals in more vulnerable settings or populations may be required to quarantine for the full 14 days.

**At this time, ending quarantine at 7 days with negative COVID-19 test results is NOT an option.**


Reporting a COVID-19 Case Connected to a Workplace, Organization or School

  • To report a COVID-19 case associated with a business or agency located in Washtenaw County, please use this secure online portal
  • To report a positive COVID-19 case associated with a school or childcare located in Washtenaw County, please use this secure online portal

For questions please email [email protected] or call 734-544-6700. Please leave a message if your call is not directly answered.

Health Orders

View Washtenaw County Health Department Emergency Orders.

View Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDDHHS) Epidemic Orders

View Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) Emergency Orders and guidance. 

View House Bills 6030, 6031, 6032 & 6101.

These orders are in place to maintain COVID-19 precautions, including using face coverings, maintaining 6 feet of distance from people not in the same house, limiting the size of social gatherings, and following all public health guidance to prevent the spread of illness.

See the state coronavirus website at Michigan.gov/coronavirus for more information. 

Requirements include:

  • Screen workers. Check employees for fever or other symptoms if they will enter facilities or buildings. Any employee with symptoms must stay home or work remotely.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance between people.
  • Emphasize frequent and proper hand washing. Make sure sinks are well supplied with warm running water, soap and paper towels.
  • Supply face coverings to all employees. Employees must wear face coverings if they will be in close contact with other employees or the public. Make sure customers are wearing face coverings as well.
  • Do not share space or equipment. If this is not possible, have employees wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using shared equipment. Clean and sanitize equipment between uses.
  • Work remotely whenever possible, particularly if individuals have underlying health conditions.
  • Contact the Health Department when there is a positive case associated with your facility and cooperate with case investigation and contacting tracing efforts.

Business Reopening Guidance & Resources

Swimming Pool Resources

2020 Public Swimming Pool Packet: Important information about reopening your indoor public swimming pool, and compliance with swimming pool and COVID-19 requirements.

Restaurant Resources

Childcare Resources

File a Complaint About a Business Operating in Violation of Orders 

To report MIOSHA or workplace safety complaints call 855 SAFE C19 (855 723-3219) and/or file a complaint with MIOSHA

To report a complaint about a grocery store, convenience store, or gas station, please complete this online form for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), which is the agency that licenses and inspects these facilities. 

For local information, email [email protected] or call 734-544-6700 and leave a message. Voicemail messages are checked throughout the day on weekdays, and every effort is made to return calls within one business day.