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Michigan Is Reopening: Resources to Help Your Business Navigate

June 15, 2020
Michigan has started to reopen the state in the past couple of weeks since COVID-19 cases have decreased and the curve has flattened. As businesses start to reopen there are key guidelines to keep employees and customers safe that will also help avoid a second wave. Start with the below resources as your business continues to return to a regular in-person schedule.

Review What Is and Is Not Open in Your Region

The Chamber launched an interactive map that highlights what phase each region the state is in according to  Gov. Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan, and what is and is not open for that region. View the map and more information.

Utilize the State’s Reopening Checklist

1. Review the MIOSHA COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidelines for Employers or industry-specific guidelines:

2. Establish exposure determination for all employees

3. Develop a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

4. Examine and update policies and protocols

5. Develop daily entry self-screening protocol

6. Designate one or more worksite supervisors to implement, monitor and report on COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

7. Install physical barriers between customers and/or employees

8. Install demarcation lines to maintain social distancing

9. Provide employee training on new procedures and protocols. Ensure employees review the MIOSHA COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidelines for Employees

11. Review MIOSHA Enforcement Guidance – COVID-19 Interim Enforcement Plan

Locate Personal Protective Equipment with the Chamber’s PPE Supply Connect 

As businesses across Michigan prepare to reopen or welcome employees back, having the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect their employees and customers will help ensure a successful restart. Our goal is to help connect those who have supplies with those who need supplies.

Utilize Work Share as Alternative to Laying Off Employees

The Michigan Work Share program was launched following the first round of federal CARES Act in March. Work Share is a way an employer can keep an employee on by “sharing” their pay with the government through unemployment benefits. The program allows employers to keep their employees working with reduced hours, while employees collect partial unemployment benefits. Members have expressed concerns regarding recalling their employees currently collecting enhanced unemployment benefits — as well as options for reducing employee hours. Michigan Work Share is an attractive option the Chamber strongly urges you to consider. As a result of Executive Order 2020-57, most Work Share program eligibility requirements have been temporarily suspended. Learn more.

Find Specific Guidance from the Chamber’s Restart Michigan Initiative

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Restart Michigan initiative offers businesses across the state access to critical information and counsel to enter the restart and recovery phases of the COVID-19 crisis. Restart Michigan offers a series of webinars designed specifically for business size, industry, and decision making within the organization or state of distress.

The webinars are planned and hosted with consulting firms including Accenture, Deloitte, PwC, and UHY. There is no fee to participate in the webinars. Participants gain access to restart and recovery materials and have the opportunity to ask questions during the sessions.

Try the MI Symptoms Web App for a Cost-Efficient Way to Keep Employees Safe

To help reopening businesses safely reengage in the economy, the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity launched the MI Symptoms Web Application as a cost-free way for employers to comply with Executive Order 2020-97 and implement a COVID-19 symptoms screening questionnaire for employees.

Additional benefits of MI Symptoms include:

  • Promotes individual health and safety by identifying potential symptoms of the virus and linking symptomatic individuals with resources for further action.
  • Helps residents return to work safely.
  • It improves the state’s economic health as the MI Safe Start Plan is implemented.

View all of the Chamber’s restart resources for business.