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Stores Could Be Committing Coronavirus Crime If Hand Sanitizer Less Than 60% Alcohol

Using 'best efforts' a defense but it's not defined

Grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants and other businesses that sell food could be committing a crime if they provide hand sanitizer that contains less than 60% alcohol.

That’s according to the terms of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's 2020 Executive Order 168, issued Aug. 10 in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The enforcable order states, “Use best efforts to provide employees and customers access to an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);”

The executive order also states "a willful violation of this order is a misdemeanor."


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