COVID-19 Special Update

To keep you informed on what’s happening at the State Capitol in our COVID-19 Special Update. The Michigan Legislative Consultants shares the following updates with our members:

This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

This graph shows the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan and Ohio.
This graph shows the increase in confirmed deaths of COVID-19 cases in Michigan and Ohio.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has not issued any new executive orders as of Friday, March 27, 2020. (Hyperlinks below are all previously issued EOs.)

Tuesday, March 31 – Statewide Economic Impact

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders:

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-8 – Enhanced restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-9 – Temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-10 – Temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-32 – Places temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary procedures.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.

While these are very uncertain times, please know that the MLC Team is available to answer your questions. Additionally, we will provide regular updates as more information becomes available.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Friday, March 27, 2020.

This graph shows the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan and Ohio.
This graph shows the increase in confirmed deaths of COVID-19 cases in Michigan and Ohio.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has not issued any new executive orders as of Friday, March 27, 2020. (Hyperlinks below are all previously issued EOs.)

Friday, March 27 – Statewide Economic Impact

  • The COVID Tracking Project is a website run by volunteers, pulling publicly available data from each state, and publishing the numbers for public consumption. Click here to visit the project.
  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced they will provide additional daily information, including; a breakdown of cases and deaths by county, percentages of cases by gender, the average age of deaths, and more. Additionally, they are pushing back the time the information is released from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Click here to read more about the updated format.
  • Attorney General Dana Nessel established a Know Your Employment Rights section on the department’s website to provide information and answers to questions about the legal rights of employees and employers under the stay-at-home Executive Order. Click here to visit the website.
  • The State’s official Coronavirus website launched a page providing guidance for businesses under the stay-at-home Executive Order. Click here to visit the webpage.
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon issued an emergency order that among other things clarifies that testing COVID-19 samples is a priority and establishes reporting requirements for hospitals. Click here to read the Emergency Order.
  • The Michigan House Republican Caucus has a detailed outline of what jobs are considered critical infrastructure, broken down by industry. Click here to read the information.
  • Small businesses in Michigan can apply for the Michigan Small Business Relief Program, which is providing up to $20 million in grants and loans. Click here for more information.
  • In an interview this morning, Governor Gretchen Whitmer stated it’s unlikely that students will return to school for the current school year and a plan is being worked on for what that will mean for students. Click here to read more.
  • Given the massive uptick in people applying for unemployment benefits, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency is urging people to access the website during the off-peak hours of 8 p.m. – 8 a.m. Click here to visit their website.
  • Washtenaw County is the latest to issue an order for essential businesses in their county to screen employees for travel, contact with a person known to have the virus, and checking for potential symptoms. Click here to read the full order.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders:

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-8 – Enhanced restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-9 – Temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-10 – Temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.

While these are very uncertain times, please know that the MLC Team is available to answer your questions. Additionally, we will provide regular updates as more information becomes available.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

To keep you informed on what’s happening at the State Capitol in our COVID-19 Special Update. The Michigan Legislative Consultants shares the following updates with our members:

This graph shows the increase in confirmed cases COVID-19 cases in Michigan and Ohio.
This graph shows the increase in confirmed deaths of COVID-19 cases in Michigan and Ohio.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer did not issue any new executive orders on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (Hyperlinks below are all previously issued EOs.)

Tuesday, March 24 – Statewide Economic Impact

  • The economic impact of Governor Whitmer’s stay at home order will have strong ramifications for the state. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 workers in northern Michigan may lose their job. Click here to read more.
  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency order to ensure resources are prioritized for testing samples for COVID-19. Click here to read more.
  • The IRS has a dedicated website for businesses and taxpayers containing information related to Coronavirus in terms of Federal tax issues, you can visit their website.
  • Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is mailing absentee ballot applications to all Michigan voters for the May 5 election. Click here to read more.
  • How will law enforcement handle Governor Whitmer’s stay at home order for both residents and businesses who aren’t complying? Click here to read more.
  • The Department of Natural Resources announced that state parks will remain open, but campgrounds and overnight facilities will close. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, here is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders:

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-8 – Enhanced restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-9 – Temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-10 – Temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.

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While these are very uncertain times, please know that the MLC Team, along with POAM, is available to answer your questions regarding this COVID-19 special update. Additionally, we will provide regular updates as more information becomes available.

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