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IW 8 Office - Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Linked are the Executive Orders issued by Gov. Whitmer of Michigan https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626--,00.html and Gov. Evers of Wisconsin https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf Michigan is allowing construction deemed essential to infrastructure, see Sections 5(c) & 8. Wisconsin is exempting construction from the order, see Sections 10 & 13(n). In both cases, employees are required to follow the safe practices in the Orders. Please make sure you are familiar with the attachments. Please feel free to share this. The same information has been passed on to our signatory contractors. Below are statements provided by each Governor’s office.

From Michigan

Question to the Governor’s office: Is construction allowed under the executive order?

Answer from the Governor’s office: Some limited forms of construction are permissible, including construction to maintain and improve essential public works like roads, bridges, the telecommunications infrastructure, and public health infrastructure. Construction workers may also undertake such projects as necessary to maintain and improve the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. In addition, businesses may designate construction firms to provide necessary support to the work of the businesses’ critical infrastructure workers. All construction work that is carried out while the order is in effect must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures required under section 5(c) of the order.

From Wisconsin

Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order.

Protecting the health and safety of Wisconsinites across our state is the Governor’s top priority. As we work with public health experts to respond to the health crisis, we have been careful to listen to the science and mindful of the impact our protective measures will have for EVERYONE.

Today the Governor issued Emergency Order #12 to institute a Safer At Home policy. Please read the order carefully! [attached]

The order is effective at 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and remain in effect until 8:00 am Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.

Wisconsin residents must comply with this order. As outlined in the order, individuals can leave their home to perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, get services and supplies necessary for staying home, and care for others.

After reviewing the order, if a business believes their business is doing essential work and they are not exempted in this order please go to this link https://wedc.org/essentialbusiness/.

These are important steps to ensure we working to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we all need to do our part and work together to protect each other. The Governor did not take this decision lightly, but we know what Wisconsinites can do when they care about each other.

Essential services will continue to be provided to our communities. We ask that you recognize the efforts of those who are providing those services.