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Can I open my campground and marina on May 29, 2020? If I do are there guidelines I must follow?

Posted on May 28th, 2020

Yes and Yes.

The current status of the EEOs can only be described as absurdly confusing. There is, at least temporarily, no issue surrounding the legality of the EEOs, the  Michigan Court of Claims has recently upheld the Governor’s power to issue such orders past May 1, 2020 (although that ruling is being appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court). Nonetheless, we are now up to 99 EEOs related to COVID 19, many of which modify, repeal and replace former EEOs. The relevant provisions regarding opening your campground are found in EEO 2020-96, which itself repeals EEO 2020-17, 2020-34 and 2020-92 (which was issued only 4 days earlier). EEO 2020-96 divides the state into different “regions” for purposes of resuming certain business activities. Baraga County is located in Region 8.

As to Region 8, in my opinion you are allowed to open. I will forego a lengthy legal analysis of the EEOs which inform my opinion in this regard because it would require too many cross-references to multiple EEO provisions in multiple EEOs. Instead I will note that paragraphs 8(a) and 11(e) of EEO 2020-96 permit people to travel for outdoor recreational activities including boating and camping as well as allowing workers to resume such work. There are guidelines, to be followed which are set forth in EEO 2020-97, paragraph 2, which by now are familiar to everyone in the state of Michigan. These include enhanced cleaning and sanitizing requirements,  prohibiting gatherings where people cannot stay at least 6 feet apart, limiting inter-personal contact with patrons and workers and maintaining 6 feet social distancing, require, and provide for employees, personal protection gear such as face masks, gloves and other gear appropriate to the activity being conducted. All of the EEOs can be found at the following link: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(au0kwd1e50qr541zxcttwpxz))/mileg.aspx?page=ExecutiveOrders

I know this is confusing, Prosecutors statewide are literally scratching their heads over what is legal and what is not. In my opinion, common sense should control. The purpose behind the EEOs is to slow or stop the spread of COVID 19. Using good social distancing practices and wearing protective gear which is appropriate to what you are doing is the very best way to do this. The following link will take you to the CDC website and some good, practical advise on how to keep yourself and those you encounter safe and virus free: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Stay Healthy!

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County Government

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L’Anse, MI 49946

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L’Anse, MI 49946

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L’Anse, MI 49946

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