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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 8: Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Democratic gubernatorial nominee, speaks with a reporter after a Democrat Unity Rally at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel August 8, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Whitmer will face off against Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette in November. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through May 28 but will allow manufacturing workers, including the Big 3 auto companies, to start work on Monday, May 11.

Gov. Whitmer announced the la extension Thursday (May 7).

“This is good news for our state, our businesses, and our working families,” Whitmer said. “We’re not out of the woods yet, but this is an important step forward on our MI Safe Start plan to re-engage our economy safely and responsibly.”

She added, “As we continue to phase in sectors of our economy, I will keep working around the clock to ensure our businesses adopt best practices to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19. When we all keep doing our part, we can reduce the risk of a second wave and re-engage our economy safely and responsibly.”

With the new order, manufacturing facilities must adopt measures to protect workers, including daily entry screening, a questionnaire covering symptoms and exposure to people with possible COVID-19, a temperature screening, dedicated entry points at every facility and suspend entry of all non-essential in-person visits.

Manufacturing facilities must also train workers on, among other things, how COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person, signs and symptoms of COVID-19, steps workers must take to notify the business or operation of signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or suspected or confirmed diagnosis and the use of personal protective equipment.

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