Governor extends ban on office work

Businesses will be required to allow office workers to work from home for another six months.

Office workers will have to stay home for at least another six months. That’s after Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced an extension to rules meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan.

What Happened: Whitmer made the announcement Monday afternoon after touring a vaccine clinic in Ypsilanti.

“With our high positivity numbers, it’s really important that we extend for another six months so that we have the ability to work through what these protocols look like and get people back into the workplace when it’s safe to do so with the right protocols,” she said.

Under the rules, people who work in office environments are required to work remotely as long as there is no compelling reason they need to be on site.

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Naturally, some business leaders are unhappy with the move, and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations against more than 200 businesses for flouting COVID protocols.

You can read more on Michigan Radio.

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