Dear Crabby, Do Essential Workers Need, or even Want, Free Tuition?

Dear Crabby, Do Essential Workers Need, or even Want, Free Tuition? Sincerely, Libby Scholae Dear Libby, Great question. I started wondering about this too. Don't most of these folks already have a degree? And if they don't, do they want to quit their jobs to take online classes at a community college? Dear Crabby Gives Advice Michigan, under the guidance of Governor Whitmer, plans to use $24 million from the Cares Act to send 650,00 essential workers back to school to get a … [Read more...]

Gyms and Pools to Reopen

Organized Contact Sports to Resume with Strict Safely Measures but Remains Frowned Upon by State Officials, and Gyms and Pools are Permitted to Reopen. Governor Gretchen Whitmer Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-176 reopening Michigan’s gyms and pools in those regions where they remain closed and allowing for organized sports practices and competitions to resume in those regions where they remain restricted, subject to strict protections meant to limit spread … [Read more...]

No Mask, No Service

Following an Uptick in COVID-19 Cases, Governor Whitmer Says "Mask Up, Michigan" and Signs Executive Order Requiring Mask Use in all Indoor Public Spaces Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-147, which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Most significantly, the order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse … [Read more...]

Michigan Return to School Roadmap

Governor Whitmer Releases MI Safe Schools Roadmap and Directs School Districts to Develop Return to School Plans with Guidance on PPE, Hygiene, and Cleaning Protocols, Athletics, and More. Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap, a comprehensive document to help districts create local plans for in-person learning in the fall. The Roadmap outlines a number of safety protocols for schools to implement in each phase of the governor’s MI Safe Start … [Read more...]

Governor Whitmer Closes Bars by Executive Order and Slows Reopening in Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Signs Executive Order Closing Indoor Service at Bars Throughout Much of Lower Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-143 closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan, reversing the reopening of Michigan. Regions 6 and 8, which include the Upper Peninsula and much of northern Michigan, are excluded from the order, and bars statewide can continue to serve outdoors. The governor also signed a package of bills allowing … [Read more...]

State of Emergency to Continue Until July 16

Governor Whitmer Extends State of Emergency Again and Now Runs Until July 16 Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-127, which extends the state of emergency declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic until July 16. In doing so, Governor Whitmer joins nearly every state in the country in maintaining a state of emergency to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. “The aggressive measures we took at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have worked to flatten the curve, but … [Read more...]

Reopening Michigan Continues

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Orders Reopening More of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula on June 10, while Additional Economic Sectors Downstate to Open June 15, Including Salons and Barbershops. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-114 and Executive Order 2020-115 to reopen more regions and economic sectors under the MI Safe Start Plan. Starting on June 10, Regions 6 and 8 — which include much of northern Michigan and all of the Upper Peninsula — … [Read more...]

Michigan Moves to Phase Four of Reopening

Governor Whitmer Rescinds Safer at Home Order, Moves Michigan to Phase Four of the MI Safe Start Plan, Retailers and Restaurants will be Permitted to Open with Capacity Limits and Social Distancing Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan. The governor’s order will allow retailers to reopen on June 4 and restaurants to reopen on June 8, both subject to capacity … [Read more...]

Stay Home Extended Until June 12

Stay at Home Order Extended until June 12 and State of Emergency Extended until June 19 Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-100 to extend Michigan’s Safer at Home order until June 12, 2020. The governor’s order also protects Michiganders from the spread of COVID-19 by extending the temporary closure of certain places of public accommodation such as theaters, gyms, and casinos. The governor also signed Executive Order 2020-99 to extend the state of emergency … [Read more...]

Reopening Auto Dealerships and Retail Businesses by Appointment and Nonessential Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Procedures

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-96 to reopen retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment statewide on Tuesday, May 26, as part of her MI Safe Start plan. The governor’s executive order also lifts the requirement that health care providers delay some nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures statewide beginning on Friday, May 29. And the order authorizes small gatherings of 10 people or less starting immediately, as long as participants practice … [Read more...]