100th executive order of 2020 extends other orders through June 12
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 12:04pm caleb
Executive Order 2020-100 lengthens duration of orders relating to tax deadlines, water shut-offs, worker protection, unemployment benefits, and more
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
With the number of coronavirus-related executive orders in Michigan passing the 100-mark, Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently approved an order “amending certain previously issued executive orders to clarify their duration,” establishing new expiration dates for several of them.
Executive Order 2020-100, available on www.michigan.gov as of Tuesday, May 26, extended the duration of three orders – 2020-62, 2020-69, and 2020-96 – through June 12; however, on Monday, June 1, Governor Whitmer rescinded Executive Order 2020-96 – “temporary requirement to suspend certain activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life,” also known as the Safer At Home Order – and Executive Order 2020-69, “temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation.”
Executive Order 2020-110, announced on June 1, combines elements of Executive Order 2020-96 and Executive Order 2020-69, providing a list of businesses that are still required to be closed, including “indoor theaters, cinemas, and performance venues; indoor gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, sports facilities, exercise facilities, exercise studios; hair, nail, tanning, massage, traditional spa, tattoo, body art, and piercing services; amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys.”
Executive Order 2020-110 eliminates the stay-home requirement for Michigan residents and allows outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people, but the order still requires people to practice social distancing and to wear face coverings inside public places.
Executive Order 2020-62, which was also extended through June 12 by Executive Order 2020-100, is still active; it involves “temporary COVID-19 protocols for entry into Michigan Department of Corrections facilities and transfers to and from Department custody,” and “temporary recommended COVID-19 protocols and enhanced early-release authorization for county jails, local lockups, and juvenile detention centers.”
Executive Order 2020-100 also says that eight other executive orders – 2020-26, 2020-28, 2020-36, 2020-39, 2020-5, 2020-61, 2020-64, and 2020-76 – will “remain in effect and do not terminate until the end of the states of emergency and disaster declared in Executive Order 2020-99 or the end of any subsequently declared states of disaster or emergency arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, whichever comes later.”
Executive Order 2020-26 is the “extension of April 2020 Michigan income tax filing deadlines.” It says that “an annual state income tax return otherwise due on April 15, 2020 will instead be due on July 15, 2020” and “an annual state income tax return otherwise due on April 30, 2020 will instead be due on July 31, 2020.” The order also extends city tax filing deadlines.
Executive Order 2020-28 says “a public water supply must restore water service to any occupied residence where water service has been shut off due to non-payment, so long as the public water supply does not have reason to believe that reconnection would create a risk to public health.” The order does not reduce or eliminate bills owed “to a public water supply.”
Executive Order 2020-36 offers regulations aimed at protecting workers if they have to stay home due to coronavirus issues. “It is the public policy of this state that an employer shall not discharge, discipline, or otherwise retaliate against an employee for staying home when he or she is at particular risk of infecting others with COVID-19,” the order says.
Executive Order 2020-39 – “temporary relief from certain restrictions and requirements governing the provision of emergency medical services” – reduces some regulations regarding ambulance inspections and extends the duration of “all emergency medical services personnel licenses that have expired since March 10, 2020 or that would expire during the declared states of emergency and disaster.”
Executive Order 2020-58 is the “temporary suspension of certain timing requirements relating to the commencement of civil and probate actions and proceedings.”
The title of Executive Order 2020-61 is “temporary relief from certain restrictions and requirements governing the provision of medical services.”
“It remains reasonable and necessary to provide flexibility to allow health professionals to practice with fewer restrictions and requirements,” according to Executive Order 2020-61.
Executive Order 2020-64 deals with “anti-discrimination policies” with regard to health care. “No person should be denied medical care on the basis of stereotypes, assessments of quality of life, or judgments about a person’s relative ‘worth,’ including judgments about a person’s worth based on the presence or absence of disabilities,” according to the order.
Executive Order 2020-76 – “temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing” – “relaxes certain other requirements in order to allow the Unemployment Insurance Agency to more quickly process unemployment claims” and continues other “provisions” put in place by previous orders “to make it easier for employers and workers to implement and use shared-work plans, in order to avoid layoffs, and to allow certain retired state employees to return to service without losing access to pension payments.”