Escanaba police issue warnings to open, nonessential businesses

Mar 26, 2020

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety is warning businesses and organizations to abide by Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.

Officers have received reports of businesses that have stayed open, even though they aren’t considered “essential” under Whitmer’s executive order. With guidance from the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office, Public Safety is giving businesses and organizations an initial warning to comply immediately with the order before enforcement action is taken.

A violation of a governor’s executive orders is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine. Additional licensing sanctions could be imposed for businesses or organizations that require a state license to operate.

Public Safety says it holds the civil liberties of the city’s citizens with high regard during the pandemic while trying to balance the need to enforce executive orders as authorized by Governor Whitmer.