PORTAGE, Mich. — Friday afternoon, the Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's office paired up with County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting to send a cease and desist letter today to Crystal Car Wash in Portage for failing to comply with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order.
After careful analysus by both Nessel and Getting, the business was not considered critical infrastructure under the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order and should not be maintaining on-site operations, but reports indicated it was still open. Willful violations of the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order can result in a $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail for each offense, as well as licensing penalties for businesses and other entities.
“Businesses across Michigan must carefully consider the legal and financial consequences they will face if they are not complying with the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, as well as their individual moral responsibilities to protect the health and safety of their customers and employees," Nessel said. "We all have a role to play in this public emergency, and we will get through this by working together.”
The Attorney General’s office recently added a new section to its website, Know Your Employment Rights, to provide Michigan residents with more information on the legal rights of employees and employers under the executive order.
Additional information for employers can be found on the Guidance for Business page on the state’s website devoted to COVID-19. A summary of the activities people can and cannot do under the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order can be found online here.