Sen. MacDonald urges governor to adopt updated federal guidelines on essential workers

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Tuesday supported a resolution urging the governor to join other Midwest states in adopting the updated federal guidelines for identifying essential workers.

“As we continue the fight against COVID-19, and as the situation improves, we should be using commonsense and data to begin the process of getting people back to work,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “The COVID-19 emergency changes rapidly, and the federal guidelines about essential workers have changed with it as more data and research are available. Unfortunately, the governor’s two latest stay-at-home executive orders failed to follow the updated guidelines.

“This resolution simply asks the governor to make this commonsense change and allow more workers in Macomb County and across Michigan to safely return to their jobs.”

Senate Resolution 112 urges the governor to adopt and use the most recent Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines defining critical infrastructure workers. Even though the guidelines have been updated twice since March 19, with the latest update on April 17, the governor’s most recent stay-at-home executive orders (EOs 2020-42 and 2020-59) specifically state that they do not adopt any guidelines put forth by CISA after March 19.

“Ohio and Indiana are two of the states that have adopted the updated federal guidelines, enabling more of their people to return to work,” MacDonald said. “By not using the updated guidelines, the governor is unnecessarily putting Michigan livelihoods, jobs and communities at risk.”