Widespread compliance with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive orders has contributed significantly to reducing the rate of COVID-19 infections and illnesses in Michigan and Wayne County. This compliance has required extraordinary sacrifice and adaptation by businesses, schools, families, faith communities and other organizations throughout our State and County.

New and revised orders by Gov. Whitmer and the Wayne County Health Department will guide the reengagement while protecting public health and the progress we've made over the last three months. Limitations of some activities may be eased, while others remain in force for a time. Changes to existing orders will be based on data, science and public health best practices.

Social distancing, the use of face masks, occupancy limits and other measures that are now commonplace continue to be effective and should be employed to the extent possible in all situations.

We urge all businesses and worksites to consider the following recommendations as they begin to resume operations:

  • Develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, consistent with OSHA recommendations.
  • Restrict the number of workers present on premises to no more than is strictly necessary to perform the in-person work permitted.
  • Promote remote work to the fullest extent possible.
  • Keep workers and patrons who are on premises at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible by utilizing tape and distance markings on floors or counters.
  • Adopt protocols to clean and disinfect workspaces in order to reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus as well as in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace.
  • Adopt policies to prevent workers from entering the premises if they display COVID-19 symptoms or have had contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • Provide personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks as appropriate for the work activity performed or carried out.
  • Adopt protocols to limit the sharing of tools and equipment to the maximum extent possible and to ensure frequent and thorough cleaning of tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces.
  • Follow social distancing practices and mitigation measures recommended by the CDC such as plexiglass barriers or other types of wall like structures to separate people, staggered work schedules, particularly where office space is shared, or work remotely from home.
  • Decrease or stop all work travel unless absolutely necessary.

The attached checklist and screening questions can be used to assist you in developing a safer workplace as we all consider new norms in our various worksite situations.

We encourage you to review these items with your staff and remind them of their responsibility to protect their co-workers as well as family members.

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, please feel free to call the Wayne County Health Department at 313-224-0810 or visit our website at

Additional websites where you may find helpful information include:

Thank you for all your efforts to protect your workers and your community. We will get through this together.

Carol Austerberry, MPA, BS
Health Officer/Director Public Health Division
Wayne County Health Department