The Ingham County Health Department announced in a press release Friday afternoon that it has issued an emergency order that will require all essential workers to adhere to daily health screenings before entering the workplace. Employers must also initiate a plan to ensure social distancing at a minimum of six feet among those essential workers while in the work space.

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail says in the release, "The best and safest thing for people to do is stay home, but this order helps reduce the risk for those who must work or interact with workers while seeking essential services."

The order is in effect as of Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM. It requires that essential services and businesses must screen employees for fever or other symptoms if they will enter facilities or buildings, maintain six feet of distance between people whenever possible, and to post the order at facility entrances.

Violators of the order may face misdemeanor charges carrying a possible 90 days in jail and $200 fines.

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