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Executive Order 2020-59 allows for Boating and More

Monday, April 27, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Lessway

We are pleased to announce that Governor Whitmer in her April 24, 2020 EO No. 2020-59 is allowing for boating to resume in Michigan under strict safety guidelines and social distancing, starting immediately.


The Executive Order also allows businesses to have workers perform certain resumed activities as defined under the Executive Order. If employers provide these services and decide to resume activities as defined under the EO, they must designate resumed duty employees in writing.  We also recommend that employers provide such employees with a letter which states so. A sample letter can be found on our COVID-19 resource page at MBIA.org. Clearly, it is up to individual businesses whether they and their workers perform such resumed activities and whether they can provide the services in a safe manner.


Based on extensive conversations with our representatives in Lansing, it is our understanding that the resumed activities under the Executive Order allows for preparation, delivery, launching or curbside pickup of boats in storage or boats ordered online or remotely, provided the business and employees adhere to the enhanced social distancing guidelines. It also allows for the retail sale of non-essential items such as parts and gear if done with no customer contact and curbside pickup.


We cannot emphasize enough how important it is for all businesses to focus on both the public’s and employee’s safety by adhering to the CDC requirements along with additional steps to assure safe operation. If social distancing is not maintained, recreational boating could again be restricted.


Our recommendation to businesses is to continue to work with limited staff onsite. Keep remote work in place wherever you can. Screen employees who come to work, assure all employees have PPE, are able to social distance, and ramp up cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.  These are only a few of the many steps you can take to maintain a safe working environment. Visit our COVID-19 page for more resources.


We encourage signage, and aggressive communication to boaters reminding boaters they play an important part in keeping themselves, your staff and other boaters safe. Remind them of the EO’s mandates for social distancing and facemasks.


You can require boaters wear PPE while on your property.


Section 15. Effective on April 26, 2020 at 11:59 pm:


(a) Any individual able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over his or her nose and mouth—such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space.


(b) All businesses and operations whose workers perform in-person work must, at a minimum, provide non-medical grade face coverings to their workers.


(c) Supplies of N95 masks and surgical masks should generally be reserved, for now, for health care professionals, first responders (e.g., police officers, fire fighters, paramedics), and other critical workers who interact with the public.


(d) The protections against discrimination in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, 1976 PA 453, as amended, MCL 37.2101 et seq., and any other protections against discrimination in Michigan law, apply in full force to persons who wear a mask under this order.


This Phase I is a great first step for our industry and we have the opportunity to open further from here if we handle this correctly. If you have not yet implemented your new operations plan, it is time.  Visit our COVID-19 page at MBIA.org where you will find all the information you will need and please contact us if you have any questions. 



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