Safe Start

On June 1, 2020 Governor Whitmer enacted Executive Order 2020-110, which allows Michigan to begin reopening non-essential businesses and lifts the stay at home order.

What businesses and activities can be resumed?


  • Indoor social gatherings and events of 10 people or less are permitted so long as people maintain six feet of social distance from one another.
  • Outdoor social gatherings and events are permitted so long as people maintain six feet of distance from one another and the assemblage consists of no more than 100 people.
  • Unless otherwise prohibited by local regulation, outdoor parks and recreational facilities may be open, so long as people maintain six feet of distance from one another, and provided that areas in which social distancing cannot be maintained be closed.
  • In-home services, such as cleaning
  • Drive-in movie theatres

June 4

  • Retailers will be allowed to resume operations on June 4, so long as they follow the rules outlined in Executive Order 2020-97.

June 8

  • Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs may reopen with indoor and outdoor seating, so long as they follow the rules outlined in Executive Order 2020-97.
  • Additionally these establishments, may be open for delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and may permit up to five members of the public at one time for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders, so long as those individuals remain at least six feet apart from one another.
  • Swimming pools, provided that they are outdoors and limit capacity to 50% of the bather capacity limits.
  • Day camps for children
  • Libraries and museums may open so long as they follow the rules outlined for retail stores described in Executive Order 2020-97.

June 15

  • Barber shops and salons
  • Nail salons
  • Spas and massage businesses
  • Tattoo, body art and piercing services
Which businesses are still not allowed to open and which activities are still prohibited?

Other businesses and activities that necessarily involve close contact and shared surfaces, including:

  • Indoor theaters, cinemas, performance venues
  • Indoor gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, sports facilities, exercise facilities, exercise studios
  • Casinos, racetracks
  • Indoor services or facilities, or outdoor services or facilities involving close contact of persons, for amusement or other recreational or entertainment purposes, such as amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, indoor dance areas, skating rinks, trampoline parks, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities.
  • Indoor social gatherings and events of more than 50 people are prohibited.
  • Outdoor social gatherings and events of more than 250 people are prohibited.
  • Any work that is capable of being performed remotely (i.e., without the worker leaving his or her home or place of residence) must be performed remotely.
Detroiters who leave their home or place of residence must still:
  • Wear face coverings when in enclosed public spaces and should continue to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves, their co-workers, their loved ones, and their communities.  
  • Follow social distancing measures recommended by the Chief Public Health Officer, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.
  • Wear a face covering over his or her nose and mouth—such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space, unless the individual is unable medically to tolerate a face covering.
  • An individual may be required to temporarily remove a face covering upon entering an enclosed public space for identification purposes. An individual may also remove a face covering to eat or drink when seated at a restaurant or bar.
  • Businesses and building owners can deny entry or access to any individual who refuses to comply with this executive order.
  • A willful violation of this order is a misdemeanor.


Additional Notices & Recommendations

  • Continue to work from home if your workplace allows it or your work can be done remotely
  • Use online services whenever possible
  • Use public transportation for essential travel only. Public transit will continue to operate on a limited basis. When using public transport, you should maintain at least 6 feet, 2 to 3 steps away, including if you are on the bus or on trains. See DDOT for the latest information about bus schedules
  • Use rideshare, rental cars and air travel for essential travel only
  • Protect elderly and vulnerable populations by keeping social distance in hospitals, nursing homes and around the elderly

Read the Executive Order here.