By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is continuing to loosen restrictions of the state's Stay-at-Home order. Whitmer signed Executive Orders May 21 partially reopening businesses, permitting gatherings of up to 10 people, and lifting medical restrictions throughout the state.

Executive Order 97 put in place stricter workplace safety protocols at outpatient health-care facilities to protect workers and patrons against the spread of coronavirus.

The Executive Orders modify the state’s Stay-at-Home order, currently in effect until May 28, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Under Executive Order 96, groups of 10 people or less may gather, effective immediately. Participants must practice social distancing and wear face masks in enclosed public spaces.

Retail businesses and vehicle dealer showrooms may reopen by appointment only on May 26. Businesses are limited to 10 customers inside at a time. Businesses must implement rules to protect their workers and customers from the spread of COVID-19. Workers are to be trained in the proper use of personal protection equipment and infection control procedures.

On May 29, non-essential medical, dental and veterinary procedures may resume.

Whitmer said she plans to announce a short-term extension of the Stay-at-Home order in the next few days.