The director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services signed an emergency order on April 2 setting a civil penalty of $1,000 and a process for referral to licensing agencies for violations of three executive orders during the COVID-19 outbreak. (MGN) MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) — People could face consequences if they are going against some of the executive orders Governor Whitmer signed to help slow the spread of coronavirus in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon issued an emergency order on April 2 setting a civil penalty of $1,000 and a process for referral to licensing agencies for violations of three executive orders during the COVID-19 outbreak. DHHS Order Incorporating EOs Into Epidemic Finding Final 4-2-20 002 685693 7 by Devon Louise Mahieu on Scribd “A person can have coronavirus without knowing it,” Gordon said. “They can spread the disease to others who can spread it to others. The only way to stop the spread is social distancing. A civil penalty and potential licensing actions send a strong message to Michiganders that social distancing is essential to saving lives.” This comes after more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19 and 417 deaths have been reported in the state. The Emergency Order requires that every person must comply with the procedures and restrictions outlined in these Executive Orders and the instructions provided in their accompanying FAQs: Executive Order 2020-21 temporarily restricts gatherings and travel and prohibits in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life. “There is not a vaccine or a recognized treatment for COVID-19 and our healthcare system is being severely taxed by this pandemic,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “We need people to heed the Stay Home, Stay Safe order as well as other orders issued by the Governor to protect the health and safety of all Michiganders.” Law enforcement agencies across the state are authorized to investigate potential violations of the executive orders and coordinating as necessary with their local health departments to enforce this Emergency Order within their jurisdiction. Law enforcement is specifically authorized to bar access to businesses and operations that fail to comply with the procedures and restrictions outlined in the Executive Orders. County prosecutors are authorized to enforce this Emergency Order to control the epidemic and protect the public health in coordination with the appropriate local law enforcement authority and, as necessary, the local health department. For the latest on the coronavirus in Michigan and around the world, go to our coronavirus page.