COVID-19

Governor orders coronavirus protections for migrant workers

New orders require that employers provide protection for seasonal farm workers living in their facilities.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new executive order Tuesday that seeks to protect seasonal farm workers from the coronavirus.

Michigan brings in about 45,000 seasonal workers each year to pick crops, according to an article in Bridge Magazine.

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Those people often live with many others in small quarters owned and maintained by the farm owners.

The governor’s order would require those who own migrant housing to file a plan with the state for maintaining worker safety.

In addition, beds must be at least six feet from each other, there must be isolated housing for those who have tested positive for COVID-19, and the employer must provide protective equipment for those helping infected migrant workers.

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