March 23, 2020
As you aware, Governor Whitmer’s emergency order, EO 2020-21, takes effect at midnight this evening. Many of you have asked whether household goods movers are exempt. Please be advised that the EO 2020-21 does not specifically exempt household goods carriers, nor does it label household goods workers as critical infrastructure workers. It does however, exempt transportation and logistics providers (8f), and references the CISA order which was issued by the Department of Homeland Security on March 19, 2020.
EO 2020-21 does require that you designate the employees that will be out in public as a critical infrastructure worker, verbally until March 31, 2020 and in writing by April 1, 2020.
The language in EO 2020-21 does exempt transportation and logistics providers, which can be fairly interpreted to mean that you can continue to operate, but we recommend you seek the advice of counsel of your choosing before moving forward. If you do choose to operate, keep in mind that you must practice social distancing as directed, and we recommend you take all other precautions available to eliminate exposure to your customers and your employees.
In addition, please print a copy if the EO 2020-21 to present to any law enforcement officer in the event that you or your employees are questioned.
- Michigan Governor Executive Order 2020-19
- CISA Essential Infrastructure during COVID-19
- State of Michigan COVID-19
- CDC – COVID-19
- CDD – Keeping the Workplace Safe
- Social Distancing Practices
- State of Michigan: Stay home. Stay safe. Save Lives.
- State of Michigan: Coronavirus Website
- SBA Small Business Loan
- Michigan Unemployment Benefits during COVID-19