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A recap of the executive orders Gov. Whitmer signed over the weekend

March 23, 2020
<p>Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during her second State of the State address at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on Jan. 29, 2020.</p>

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during her second State of the State address at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on Jan. 29, 2020.

Photo by Connor Desilets | The State News

Over the weekend Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed 4 executive orders meant to combat the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the negative effects of social distancing and quarantining.

On March 20 Whitmer signed three executive orders.

Executive order 2020-18, was an order clarifying her previous anti-price gouging executive order. This order put restrictions on private individuals price gouging essential items.

"A person cannot sell any product at a price that's more than 20% higher than what they paid for it as of March 9, 2020, unless it is not an emergency supply and costs than $1,000," said Whitmer's statement.

The order stays in effect until April 16, 2020.

Whitmer's executive order, 2020-17 was signed to temporarily restrict all non-essential medical and dental procedures. Medical procedures limited include "joint replacement, bariatric surgery, and cosmetic surgery, except for emergency or trauma-related surgery," said Whitmer's statement. Dental procedures that are "cosmetic or aesthetic" are also to be postponed.

Executive order 2020-19 suspended evictions until April 17. Courts are also allowed to postpone eviction-related proceedings until after the COVID-19 emergency.

On March 21, Whitmer signed executive order 2020-20 temporarily closing all tanning salons, hair salons and other nonessential cosmetic care services.

"These services include hair, nail, tanning, massage, spa, tattoo, body art and piercing services, and similar services that require individuals to be within 6 feet of each other. This order does not apply to services necessary for medical treatment as determined by a licensed medical provider," said Whitmer's statement.

The order will remain in effect until April 13, 2020.

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