Governor Gretchen Whitmer just signed a new executive order prolonging restrictions until May 28, while most manufacturing operations will be able to resume Monday, May 11 and automakers can begin adjusting to work on May 18.
“We have to re-engage like a dial, not a switch that goes on or off,” said the Governor. “But a dial that we can turn, and we can turn the dial up, as long as everybody does their part. We have to remember the threat of a second wave is very real.”
In-person home tours for real estate businesses began to resume in Michigan on May 7 but with new precautions. Most of the home tours done by real estate agents were done virtually at the comfort of their own home.
The Michigan Association of Realtors required all attendants in a house tour to wear a face covering, as well as follow social distancing. No more than four people can be on the property at the same time. Real estate personnel should ask homeowners to leave all doors open and the lights on so nothing must be touched when there is a property walk through.
According to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Michigan had 182,000 workers in the construction industry, 42,419 real estate agents, 9,942 associate brokers, 11,348 brokers and 716 branch real estate offices in the state as of February this year. Two major segments of the state’s economy have returned when construction and real estate employees went back to work.
As part of the six-phase plan set by Gov. Whitmer, she said that we’re currently under the third phase in the response against the coronavirus outbreak. The third phase, also known as flattening, seeks to improve testing and tracing capabilities for the state. While social distancing remains important, some industries can safely engage with proper safety measures.The sixth phase, which is the final goal, would be the post pandemic part wherein it wouldn’t be implemented yet not until a cure or a vaccine has been in place.
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