Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Thursday that she signed an executive order to extend Michigan’s Covid-19 stay-at-home order through May 28.
The government’s order will allow manufacturing workers to resume work on Monday.
Manufacturing accounts for 19% of Michigan’s economy, Whitmer said.
The big three auto suppliers, in agreement with United Auto Workers (UAW) union, will begin phasing into work on May 18, the governor said. They’ll be starting at 25% capacity before phasing up.
“My team and I determined that manufacturing has a lower risk score than some other industries,” Whitmer said, explaining why the state is moving forward with reopening the manufacturing sector.
Manufacturing facilities must adopt measures to protect their workers from the spread of Covid-19 in order to reopen, she said.