MICHIGAN - Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order for the state's manufacturing industry to resume all operations Monday, May 11.
Manufacturing companies must implement daily screenings for everyone entering their facilities, provide a daily questionnaire that surveys employees on symptoms and potential exposure to COVID-19, and daily temperature checks upon receiving no-touch thermometers. If thermometers aren't available, employees can simply be asked if they have a fever.
They also must establish dedicated facility entry points and suspend all non-essential entry. Employees must wear masks when they can't maintain at least six feet of separation. Face shields must be considered when contact breaches three feet.
Sufficient hand washing stations must also be provided.
If employees show two or more COVID-related symptoms, they must be sent home. They can return 10 days after their symptoms first appeared - and only if three days have passed since their symptoms improved.
The state has also recommended all strategy to reduce congestion, including staggering shifts.
Manufacturing will be the third major industry to fully reopen, as construction and real estate returned last week.
Michigan is one of the biggest manufacturing states in the country, outputting $96.2 billion worth in 2017. Manufactured goods exports in 2018 alone totaled $55.35 billion, reports Global Trade Mag.
Many other states have restarted their economies or are in the process of doing so. California moved into Stage 2 of modifying the state’s stay at home order May 8. New York has also announced it will begin to reopen.

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