*This order has since been modified, the original date of this post was April 10, 2020.

Michigan Executive Order No. 2020-42

MLSA would like to highlight some points in the most recent Executive Order titled “Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life” from Governor Gretchen Whitmer. These points may impact Riparian homeowners and boaters in Michigan through the end of April.

This language comes directly from Executive Order No. 2020-42:

7 – (a) Individuals may leave their home or place of residence, and travel as necessary:
             (1) To engage in outdoor physical activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household. Outdoor physical activity includes walking, hiking, running, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, or other similar physical activity, as well as any comparable activity for those with limited mobility.
    (b) Individuals may also travel:
            (1) To return to a home or place of residence from outside this state.
            (2) To leave this state for a home or residence elsewhere.
            (3) Between two residences in this state, through April 10, 2020. After that date, travel between two residences is not permitted.
    (c) All other travel is prohibited, including all travel to vacation rentals.
12 – No one shall advertise or rent a short-term vacation property except as necessary to assist in housing a health care professional or volunteer aiding in the response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The full Executive Order can be read HERE.

This language comes directly from the FAQ section for Executive Order No. 2020-42:

Q: Does boating constitute “outdoor activity” under the new executive order?

A: Physical outdoor activity like kayaking, canoeing, and sailing is permitted under the order, but using a motorboat, a jet ski, or other similar watercraft is not. Any outdoor activity permitted under the order, including boating, must be done in a manner consistent with social distancing, and individuals should use only their own equipment to prevent the transmission of the virus through the touching of shared surfaces. Additionally, in accordance with section 2 of the order, persons not part of a single household may not boat together.

While some boating is permitted under the order, the provision of boating services or supplies does not itself constitute critical infrastructure work, and businesses and operations may not designate workers to come to work for that purpose. As needed, these businesses and operations may designate workers to leave their home for work if their in-person presence is strictly necessary to conduct the minimum basic operations listed in section 4(b) of the order. Minimum basic operations do not include serving members of the public. The order, however, does permit in-person work necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of sites otherwise open to the public for outdoor physical activity permitted under the order. All in-person work permitted under the order must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures listed in section 10 of the order.

The full FAQ section for Executive Order No. 2020-42 can be read HERE.

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