Here's what you are as well as are not permitted to do under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's remain at home order.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer provided a 'stay at home, stay risk-free' executive aorder on Monday morning for all Michigan residents beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24 till April 13 at 11:59 p.m.

Michigan joins numerous various other states, consisting of The golden state, New york city and Illinois, in ordering people to stay home as method to restrict the spread of COVID-19. Since Monday morning, state authorities reported greater than 1,200 instances in Michigan.

What does the order mandate?

The order suspends "in-person procedures that are not essential to maintain or secure life." Michigan residents are guided to remain in the houses unless they are a part of a vital workforce, spending time outside or executing tasks that are essential like mosting likely to the grocery store or the medical facility.

This encompasses prohibiting all public as well as private celebrations of any variety of people who are not a part of the very same household.

If anybody does leave their residence for vital functions, they are asked to adhere to social distancing actions consisting of remaining 6 feet in addition to each other.

What am I permitted to do?

The order mandates that Michigan residents require to stay home unless they are doing among the following:

To participate in an outdoor activity, like walking, hiking, running. People still need to remain at least six feet apart from anyone outside their household.

To perform jobs if they are critical infrastructure workers

To perform necessary government activities

To perform tasks necessary to their health and safety, including getting medication or seeking medical or dental care

To obtain necessary services and supplies, including groceries, takeout food, gasoline, medical supplies and any other products. However, people are urged to use delivery services as much as possible.

To care for a family member or a family member's pet in another household

To care for minors, dependents, the elderly, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable people

To visit an individual under the care of a healthcare facility, residential facility or congregate care facility

To attend legal proceedings or hearings for essential or emergency purposes as ordered by a court

To work or volunteer for a business that provides food, shelter or other needs for economically disadvantaged people or other individuals in need, like people with disabilities.

What workforces are exempt from the order?

The executive order says that "critical infrastructure workers" are exempt from the order. Here's what industries that applies to:

1- Health care and public health.

2- Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders.

3- Food and agriculture.

4- Energy.

5- Water and wastewater.

6- Transportation and logistics.

7- Public works.

8- Communications and information technology, including news media.

9- Other community-based government operations and essential functions.

10- Critical manufacturing.

11- Hazardous materials.

12- Financial services.

13- Chemical supply chains and safety.

14- Defense industrial base.

15- Child care workers

16- Workers at designated suppliers and distribution centers

17- Workers in the insurance industry, but only if their work can not be done remotely.

Workers or volunteers for businesses or operations that provide food, shelter and other necessities for economically disadvantage or otherwise needy individuals.

Workers who perform critical labor union functions, including those who administer health and welfare funds and those who monitor the well-being and safety of union members who are critical infrastructure workers

Workers who are necessary to allow a business maintain its operations are also exempt from the order. Whitmer said businesses must determine which workers are required to conduct basic minimum operations, but she urged companies to take it seriously. Businesses need to make such designations in writing.

Businesses that do still have workers going in are required to adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures including:

Restricting the number of workers at the premises

Promote remote work as much as possible

Keep all workers on the premises at least 6-feet apart

Increase standards of cleaning to limit exposure to COVID-19

Adopt policies to prevent workers from entering the premises if they display respiratory symptoms or had contact with a COVID-19 patient

What government functions are still operating?

All non-essential government functions are suspended. But work done by critical infrastructure workers is still allowed that includes:

Public transit

Trash pickup and disposal

Activities necessary to manage and oversee elections

Operations necessary to enable transactions that support the work of a business's or operation's critical infrastructure workers

The maintenance of safe and sanitary public parks so as to allow for outdoor recreation.


Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:



Shortness of breath

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Avoid contact with people who are sick.

If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.

Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

Kent County

Kent ISD announced Sunday that more than a dozen of the 20 public school districts have a meal program in place. Remaining districts are working to finalize plans.

Byron Center Public Schools

Beginning Monday, 3/16 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. at Brown Elementary & Byron Center High School. Additional planning and details being finalized Monday.

Caledonia Community Schools

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Duncan Lake Middle (behind school at Food Service & Shipping doors).

Cedar Springs Public Schools

Beginning Monday, 3/16 11 a.m. at Cedar Springs High School, with more details to come.

Comstock Park Public Schools

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at York Creek Leasing Office Area, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. at Mobile Home Park on West River Dr., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Comstock Park High School

East Grand Rapids Public Schools

Staff have coordinated with Grand Rapids Public Schools, or existing food service providers, to ensure families know about available meal pick-up sites. Additionally, door-to-door meal deliveries have been arranged for those who need them. Families can contact for information.