In an effort to enhance Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, Oakland County Executive David Coulter has put an executive health order in place requiring COVID-19 screening procedures for employees of essential businesses and implementing social distancing protocols for employees and customers. The order will last until April 13, 2020, unless otherwise extended.

All essential businesses and operations, except health care organizations with an infection control program in place, remaining open in Oakland County under the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order must comply with the following:

  • Implement a daily screening protocol for all staff that asks employees the following questions:
    • If they are experiencing any symptoms such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or diarrhea. If possible, confirm temperature with a touchless thermometer.
    • Have they had close contact in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
    • Have they traveled internationally or domestically in the last 14 days? If they answer yes, the employee should remain at home based on these guidelines:
      • 3 days with no fever and 7 days since first symptom
      • 14 days if they have had close contact with a diagnosed case of COVID-19
      • 14 days following any travel
    • Manage and control social distancing requirements to keep employees working alongside one another and customers waiting in lines at least 6 feet apart.
    • Limit capacity when necessary to provide appropriate social distancing between customers and employees, including but not limited to visual markings, signage, entrance limits and specialized hours.
    • Publish the health order at entrance of the facility and to the members of the public at large by all reasonable means available.

Doeren Mayhew recommends businesses in Oakland County discuss the requirements of this health order with their legal counsel.