COVID-19 Business Guidance

COVID-19 Business Guidance

Updated July 30, 2020

Reporting a COVID-19 Positive Worker

Under EO 2020-161, businesses are required to immediately report any positive COVID-19 workers to the local health department. To report a COVID-19 positive worker for a business located within Livingston County, email or call 517-546-9850 and ask to be transferred to the COVID-19 Hotline.


Make a Complaint About a Business Operating in Violation of Orders 

To report concerns or complaints about essential businesses, social distancing, masks, or other concerns:

  • Employees with a complaint about an employer
  • Consumers with complaints about a food establishment related to COVID-19 or requirements of the Executive Orders
    • Visit
    • Select the last link on the page labeled "Violations of the Executive Orders"
    • Or call local law enforcement's non-emergency line
    • If the local law enforcement agency is unable to assist, email the complaint to the Attorney General at and include: 
        • Name of person or business violating the Executive Order 
        • Date of violation  
        • Location of violation; and  
        • A brief description of the situation.

State of Michigan Executive Order Guidance for Businesses

Livingston County businesses and entities that are open must follow the guidelines set forth in the Governor’s Executive Orders 2020-36, 2020-149, 2020-1532020-160, and 2020-161 to ensure the safety of employees and customers. 

Livingston County Information for Businesses and Entities

Screening, social distancing, face coverings, and additional public health strategies to protect everyone's health to the greatest extent possible are detailed within Michigan Executive Orders and under guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Business Reopening Guidance & Resources

Recommendations include:

  • Screen workers. Check employees for fever or other symptoms if they will enter facilities or buildings. Use a touchless thermometer, if available. Any symptoms not normal for the individual are a concern. 
  • Any employee with symptoms must stay home or work remotely.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance between people.
  • Emphasize frequent and proper hand washing. Make sure sinks are well supplied with running water, soap and paper towels.
  • Supply masks to all employees. Encourage employees to wear masks, particularly if they will be in close contact with other employees or the public. Cloth masks are acceptable, as surgical masks should be reserved for those in health care.
  • Do not share space or equipment. If this is not possible, have employees wash their hands before and after using shared equipment. Clean and sanitize equipment between uses. See CDC cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Work remotely whenever possible, particularly if individuals have underlying health conditions.

See our guidance document COVID-19 FAQs for Workplaces for more information on what to do if an employee becomes ill or is diagnosed with COVID-19.


Face Covering/Mask Guidance

Face coverings/masks can help prevent asymptomatic people from infecting others. Employers must supply non-medical grade face coverings to their employees, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief. Cloth face coverings are acceptable, as N95 and surgical masks should be reserved for those in health care. Based on current executive orders, there are some situations which require face coverings:

  • Any individual (employees and customers) able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over his or her nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, when in any enclosed public space.
    • Individuals can be provided the option to wear a face shield in place of a face mask if they are unable to wear a mask.
  • Employees who are not able to consistently maintain six feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace must wear a face covering. In addition, employees who are not able to consistently maintain three feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace should consider wearing face shields.
  • Employees providing a check out service in a food establishment or pharmacy must wear a face covering. In addition, restaurant hosts and servers must wear face coverings, and kitchen staff must wear face coverings in accordance with FDA guidelines.
  • Employees who have traveled but who are still allowed to work should wear a face covering for 14 days following travel.
  • Employees who had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and who are still allowed to work should wear a face covering at work for 14 days after last exposure to the positive person.

For everyone else, we strongly recommend that all employees wear face coverings while at work. Please encourage employees to wear face coverings, particularly if they will be in contact with other employees or the public, or if they work in areas where 6-foot social distancing is difficult to be maintained. Employers can establish guidelines that require their employees to wear face coverings.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Resources

  • PPE Procurement & Supplier Platform - Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is working to match Michigan-based suppliers with Michigan-based companies in need of PPE and other resources. Complete the intake form on their website to get a list of resources that fit your needs. The Michigan Manufacturer’s Association also has resources on COVID-19 related products and services. 
  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of companies that source, manufacture or distribute PPE equipment.

Swimming Pool Resources

Restaurant Resources

Childcare Resources

Outdoor Recreational Facility Resources

More Information for Businesses


If you have additional COVID-19 questions, contact Livingston County Health Department at or call 517-546-9850 and ask to be transferred to the COVID-19 Hotline. To leave a voicemail after hours, press 6 to be transferred to the COVID-19 Hotline voicemail. In your message, please include your name, contact information, a brief description of your questions/concerns, and indicate whether you would like a return phone call.