Construction and real estate are among the business activities that will be allowed to resume May 7, State of Michigan officials reported.

Construction and real estate are among the business activities that will be allowed to resume May 7, State of Michigan officials reported.

In keeping with her MI Safe Start plan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-70 Friday allowing certain work “traditionally and primarily performed outdoors” and that presents a “very low risk of infection” to resume. This specifically allows construction and real estate activities to restart. The new order also requires businesses to adopt measures to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19.

Under the Stay Home Stay Safe order that went into effect March 24, Michigan residents are asked not to leave their homes except for specific circumstances. Under the order issued Friday, for example, construction sites must follow best practices such as daily health screenings, social distancing, and dedicated entry points for workers.

“The data shows that we’re ready to lift some of these restrictions while also encouraging Michiganders to continue doing their part under the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun.

“We are grateful for the governor’s commitment to protecting working people and their families from the spread of COVID-19,” said Pat Devlin, Secretary Treasurer of the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council. “Our dedicated building tradesmen and women are ready to get back to work.”

“With an eye towards Michigan’s economic recovery, leadership representing the full spectrum of the construction industry have been working diligently and cooperatively to outline processes and practices that will allow us to safely get back to work,” said Ryan Maibach, President & CEO of Barton Malow.

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