Update for May 21, 2020
- Updated Model Templates for Mandated Preparedness & Response Plan
#SupportDownriver
UPDATED: MODEL PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE PLAN TEMPLATES TO PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYERS
According to Executive Order 2020-97 , businesses are required to develop a “COVID-19 preparedness and response plan," and to provide safety training consistent with guidelines provided by OSHA . The Michigan Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Bodman Team have prepared model templates based on the original Executive Order 2020-91 for a plan in the 4 categories of low, medium, high and very high risk employers. The templates should be tailored to the employer’s particular risk level, maintained and implemented. The Executive Order states that "by June 1, 2020, or within two weeks of resuming in-person activities, whichever is later, a business’s or operation’s plan must be made readily available to employees, labor unions, and customers, whether via website, internal network, or by hard copy."

These templates are for information purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact legal counsel to obtain advice with respect to your individual workplace. The following links also include the CDC posters referenced in the template.

*Special Note: During the Governor’s press conference on Monday of last week the Governor stated that these plans must be submitted to the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Many media outlets reported this however, after reviewing the EO and not seeing any requirement of the sort, the Michigan Chamber asked for clarification from the Governor’s office on this requirement.  The Michigan Chamber was informed the Governor misspoke and businesses do not need to file their plans with the Department.  
RECAP : GOVERNOR WHITMER SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-97, UPDATING PREVIOUS ORDER TO SAFEGUARD WORKERS AS ECONOMIC ACTIVITY REOPENS UNDER EASED RESTRICTIONS
On May 21, Governor Whitmer announced that she has signed Executive Order 2020-97 , updating a prior rule ( 2020-91 ) on workplace safety. Per the amended order, reopened (under newly announced Executive Order 2020-96 detailed in the next section ) outpatient health-care facilities, including clinics, primary care physician offices, and dental offices, will have to adopt strict protocols to prevent infection. The release promises that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will issue guidance to aid those facilities in adopting appropriate safeguards. 

As with the prior rule, the Executive Order establishes mandated safeguards to protect the workforce as businesses begin to restart in-person economic activity. The executive order mandates that each business requiring employees to leave their homes or residences for work establishes a Preparedness & Response Plan based on OSHA guidelines , and "by June 1, 2020, or within two weeks of resuming in-person activities, whichever is later, a business’s or operation’s plan must be made readily available to employees, labor unions, and customers, whether via website, internal network, or by hard copy." Businesses must also conduct a daily entry self-screening protocol, implement proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures, provide non-medical grade face coverings for staff, provide proper COVID-19 related training to employees including the proper use of PPE, and reporting unsafe working conditions to authorities. Further, the order mandates capacity limitations for workplaces, including industry specific instructions for retail stores, restaurants and offices. The executive order must be reviewed and followed by businesses as in-person activity is permitted to resume.
#SupportDownriver & #SupportSouthernWayneCounty CAMPAIGN
Together as one community, we have launched a unified regional campaign to support our local businesses, and to revitalize our local economy in a safe, responsible, and effective way. The campaign is called  #SupportDownriver , and  #SupportSouthernWayneCounty  for municipalities represented by the Downriver Community Conference and Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber who count themselves as outside of the traditionally recognized "Downriver" communities. As one united community, we will save lives, businesses and jobs. While we do everything that is necessary to protect the health and well-being of our community, we cannot standby as our region's job providers and entrepreneurs lose everything they have worked so hard to gain not only for themselves, but for the people of our region. We are asking all of our communities, members and the entire Downriver business community to participate in this positive and encouraging messaging. Use the graphics, posting and tagging as many local businesses as often as possible. NOW MORE THAN EVER, it is vital that we support our Downriver and southern Wayne County job providers, entrepreneurs and workforce. Campaign graphics and more information can be found by clicking the below link.