Michigan state law provides local health officers and the state health director with the authority to issue orders to protect the public health under Section 2453 of the Public Health Code (MCL 333.2453). Any violations are subject to citations and penalties as outlined in the Michigan Public Health Code. See our fact sheet about understanding health orders here.
Emergency public health orders help us prevent and control epidemics, like COVID-19, in Washtenaw County.
Violating health orders is a misdemeanor - however, the goal of a local order is to encourage compliance for the sake of everyone's safety, not to penalize people. Violations to state and local orders can be reported to local law enforcement. Responses may vary according to the urgency of any given situation and the availability of law enforcement. First steps will always include education and engagement rather than penalties.
Violations are subject to citations and penalties as outlined in the Michigan Public Health Code. The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has passed a resolution detailing the schedule of monetary penalties for violations of local orders.
Health Department staff are also available to answer non-urgent questions or to provide guidance. Leave a message at 734-544-6700 or email [email protected].
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.
Due to the sustained presence of COVID-19 in our community, on March 17, 2021, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution declaring a local state of emergency in Washtenaw County through December 31, 2021. Under an amendment to the Open Meetings Act, this declaration of a local state of emergency allows public bodies to continue to meet remotely through December 31, 2021.