Governor Whitmer Reissues Executive Order EO 2020-37
Restricting Entry into Care Facilities, Juvenile Justice Facilities
LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer reissued executive order 2020-37, which renews the restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities until May 3, 2020. The order now requires facilities to use best efforts to facilitate remote visitations between individuals under their care and their loved ones, using phone or video conferencing software.
"Residential care facilities” include, but are not limited to, homes for the aged, nursing homes, adult foster care facilities, hospice facilities, substance abuse disorder residential facilities, independent living facilities, and assisted living facilities.
“We must continue to do everything we can to protect Michiganders,” said Governor Whitmer. “This is a hard time for families, and we will continue to put their health and safety first when making these decisions. I encourage everyone in Michigan to remain flexible and do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
Effective immediately and continuing through May 3, 2020, at 11:59 pm, all health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities must prohibit from entering their facilities any visitors that: are not necessary for the provision of medical care, the support of activities of daily living, or the exercise of the power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship for an individual under the facility’s care; are not a parent, foster parent, or guardian of an individual who is 21 years of age or under and who is under the facility’s care; are not visiting an individual under the facility’s care that is in serious or critical condition or in hospice care, and are not visiting under exigent circumstances or for the purpose of performing official governmental functions. The birth of a child qualifies as an exigent circumstance under the order, meaning that a partner and doula may accompany a laboring mother if they pass the health evaluation required by the order.
To view executive order 2020-37, click the link: EO 2020-37.pdf