A Public Service Announcement for Businesses Re-Opening in Michigan following the Stay at Home Orders for COVID-19
Many of you have probably been reviewing the overwhelming amount of information on the Federal, State, and Local levels explaining what the new Rules and Regulations are and what you need to do to re-open your business to be compliant. Maybe you aren’t sure where to look for the necessary information. We are supplying links to many of the resources you may wish to check out. This list will get you to the most important sites, but we are not guaranteeing this list to be all-inclusive. You will also note that many of the links shown below need to be explored as they may be landing pages to numerous other links taking you to additional vital information. (The local information included, deals with St. Clair County as that is where we are located. If this is not applicable to you, simply Google the Health Department for your locality/county to obtain pertinent information for where you live and/or work.) You will note that you need to explore the information from the Federal level down and at the state level it becomes very specific regarding the regulations you are to abide by.
On the Federal Level:
This link unveils the CDC information the public needs to be aware of.
This link was prepared in tandem by the White House, CDC, and FEMA. This website can answer many FAQ’s, point you to specific resources for many different categories, and provide you with the latest coronavirus news.
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President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus). This site reports on workplace safety (including OSHA guidance); wage, hours, leave; unemployment flexibilities; and more.
This link takes you to a publication (brochure) entitled Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.
On the State of Michigan Level:
This link takes you to Executive Order 2020-97 which returned many people back to work and outlines requirements for employers and employees. This document does designate rules and regulations currently in effect. You would also want to check on subsequent Executive Orders for updates.
This link takes you to the State of Michigan Coronavirus site and provides answers to many FAQs and by category; resources and assistance; the latest news; and counts of cases and deaths statewide and by county.
This link takes you to the MI Safe Start Plan and provides employers and employees a wealth of information for re-engaging their workplaces.
This link is from the MI Safe Start Plan and provides the checklist and guidelines for re-opening your business called: PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID -19 RE-OPENING CHECKLIST. This checklist will also get you to sites with more information and guidelines you will need to follow. One of the requirements for reopening is that you prepare a Preparedness and Response Plan. This can look daunting, but there are templates available. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has the following offering: https://www.michamber.com/do-you-have-covid-19-preparedness-and-response-plan-we-can-help
This link takes you into the MI Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity site and provides valuable information on workplace safety guidelines for all types of industries and includes printable posters, fact sheets, and additional resources.
MI Symptoms is a newly launched survey tool available to help reopen businesses track possible COVID-19 exposures at their facilities in order to keep their employees and customers safe. MI Symptoms is available to all employers free of charge and is compliant with the Governor’s Executive Order requirement for businesses to implement an entry screening procedure for employees.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has put out this alphabetized listing with links, contact names and phone numbers as sources to obtain whatever PPE your business requires right down to hand sanitizer.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has put together a COVID-19 re-opening toolkit. If there is anything we have missed in this PSA, you may find it at this link.
On the St. Clair County/Local Level:
This link takes you to the St. Clair County Health Department COVID-19 site on which you can navigate to local updates, testing sites in St. Clair County and whether there are requirements for being tested, local resources, State of Michigan guidance, the local COVID-19 Hotline number, exposure guidelines, and more.
This link takes you to the local Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business and Virus site.