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In Executive Order No. 2020-110 issued June 1, 2020, libraries may open as early as June 8, 2020, subject to the rules governing retail stores described in Executive Order 2020-97 or any order that may follow from it. On June 5, 2020, Executive Order 2020-114 superseded EO 2020-97.  On July 10, 2020, Executive Order 2020-145 superceded EO 2020-114.  On July 29, 2020 Executive Order 2020-161 superceded EO 2020-145.  The rules for libraries as they reopen are as follows:

Safety PrecautionsRetail stores that are open for in-store sales, as well as libraries and museums, must:

  1. Create communications material for customers (e.g., signs or pamphlets) to inform them of changes to store practices and to explain the precautions the store is taking to prevent infection.
  2. Establish lines to regulate entry in accordance with subsection (c) of this section, with markings for patrons to enable them to stand at least six feet apart from one another while waiting. Stores should also explore alternatives to lines, including by allowing customers to wait in their cars for a text message or phone call, to enable social distancing and to accommodate seniors and those with disabilities.
  3. Except in Regions 6 and 8, adhere to the following restrictions:
    1. For stores of less than 50,000 square feet of customer floor space, must limit the number of people in the store (including employees) to 25% of the total occupancy limits established by the State Fire Marshal or a local fire marshal.
    2. Stores of more than 50,000 square feet must:
      1. Limit the number of customers in the store at one time (excluding employees) to 4 people per 1,000 square feet of customer floor space.
      2. Create at least two hours per week of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable populations, which for purposes of this order are people over 60, pregnant women, and those with chronic conditions, including but not limited to heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
    3. The director of the Department of Health and Human Services is authorized to issue an emergency order varying the capacity limits described in this subsection as necessary to protect the public health.
  4. Post signs at store entrance(s) instructing customers of their legal obligation to wear a face covering when inside the store.
  5. Post signs at store entrance(s) informing customers not to enter if they are or have recently been sick.
  6. Design spaces and store activities in a manner that encourages employees and customers to maintain six feet of distance from one another.
  7. Install physical barriers at checkout or other service points that require interaction, including plexiglass barriers, tape markers, or tables, as appropriate.
  8. Establish an enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocol for high-touch areas like restrooms, credit-card machines, keypads, counters, shopping carts, and other surfaces.
  9. Train employees on:
    1. Appropriate cleaning procedures, including training for cashiers on cleaning between customers.
    2. How to manage symptomatic customers upon entry or in the store.
  10. Notify employees if the employer learns that an individual (including a customer or supplier) with a confirmed case of COVID-19 has visited the store.
  11. Limit staffing to the minimum number necessary to operate.


The Mid-Michigan Library League (MMLL) serves 36 public libraries in 15 counties of Michigan's lower peninsula.  The member libraries are divided into nine groups, each with a representative on the Board of Trustees.  MMLL is one of Michigan's eleven library cooperatives, formed by PA 89 of 1977.  The Plan of Service is updated annually, based on the needs of the membership.  Services of the Mid-Michigan Library League include: Gov. Whitmer phased plan

  • Administrative Services - policy development, finance, personnel, grants management, information technology, consultation and advocacy
  • Continuing Education - in person and online training for library staff and trustees
  • Interlibrary Loan/Integrated Library Systems - information and assistance for libraries joining the MeLCat resource sharing system; assistance with selection and implementation of local ILS
  • Advisory Council - conduit for member library input into desired cooperative services and communication between members, trustees and administration
  • Discounts - negotiated discounts for library materials, databases, supplies, telecommunication services, and other volume-based purchases
  • Website and e-List - established tools for sharing valuable information, events, grant opportunities, training resources and more
  • Delivery - payment for the "RIDES" delivery service for all member libraries to facilitate the exchange of physical materials
  • Reference - research and consulting services for all member libraries
  • Technology Support - consultation on broadband connectivity, public access computing, integrated library systems, and credit for on-site support as funds are available

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