To Our Members and Business Partners:
As always, MMRMA is committed to serving the membership. As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, we regularly monitor news and information about it and provide members with ongoing updates and related resources, both on our website and via email, during this dynamic and ongoing situation.
MMRMA's team is working remotely and implementing internal guidelines and practices for business continuity and efficient delivery of services to members.
- Members and business partners may find it easier to communicate with our staff via email. If you do not have a contact email address, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Our office line is 734-513-0300. It will be actively monitored during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm).
- To reach us after hours in case of emergency, please call the business line and follow the prompts: press 1, then press 9 to leave a message and your phone number. A team member will call you back as soon as possible.
- MMRMA has canceled or postponed several upcoming meetings and trainings scheduled in the coming weeks. We will continue to notify affected parties about potential future adjustments to our scheduled events and activities.
- We regularly update the COVID-19 related content and links provided below as we become aware of additional information that could benefit our members, their employees, and the citizens of Michigan.
Please bookmark this page for easy access and contact us if you have questions or need assistance. We wish you good health, now and always.
MMRMA prepared a model COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan and Instructions for our members to use as a starting point for their own plans. MMRMA developed this resource with the expert assistance of the Dykema law firm and member Monroe County. Logged-in members can access the latest model plan and read more about it here on our website.
The plan, originally published on April 14, 2020, and updated on Friday, May 1, has been updated again on May 27, 2020, to reflect additional requirements in the most recent Executive Orders.
While members may choose to develop their own individual plans, MMRMA wanted to make this model plan available to those whose time or resources may be scarce or devoted to other service endeavors. This plan is in compliance with Governor Whitmer's Executive Orders and is ready for customization by each member entity.
Michigan has launched a new online COVID-19 dashboard. Developed through a collaboration between state agencies and the University of Michigan, the dashboard provides Michiganders with information about the status of the pandemic where they live and work. Go here to view and navigate the interactive dashboard:
On Friday, May 22, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-100, recapping and clarifying the duration of previously issued orders. Among other matters, EO 2020-100 affirms that Executive Order 2020-96 (issued on May 21, described and linked below), which describes those activities still restricted as well as resumed activities in certain sectors and industries, remains in effect until June 12, 2020. You can read the complete EO 2020-100 here:
Governor Whitmer issued Executive Orders 2020-96 and 2020-97 on Thursday, May 21.
EO 2020-96 rescinds EO 2020-92 and amends her previous orders relating to Stay Home, Stay Safe and her MI Safe Start plan. The new order allows certain additional activities to resume.
EO 2020-97 rescinds EO 2020-91 and details "Safeguards to protect Michigan’s workers from COVID-19."
This press release provides an overview of the changes. Read or download the complete orders here:
Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-87 on Thursday, May 14, 2020. The order extends the deadline for the protest of assessments, filing of certain required reporting from local and county officials, and filing of petitions to appeal assessment determinations. From page 4 of the order:
The time extensions with respect to township and city boards of review, county boards of commissioners, and Tax Tribunal jurisdiction set forth in this order are automatic. Taxpayers and local officials do not need to file any additional forms or contact the Michigan Department of Treasury, State Tax Commission or Michigan Tax Tribunal to qualify for the above stated extensions. Boards of review meeting in July to hear protests must provide notice in the manner required under the Open Meetings Act, MCL 15.261 et seq., as modified by any applicable executive order that may be in effect at the time notice is required. The provision of such notice satisfies the minimum requirements of due process.
On Monday, May 18, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Orders 2020-91 and 2020-92.
EO 2020-91 outlines and expands on "Safeguards to protect Michigan’s workers from COVID-19," which were previously incorporated into Executive Order 2020-77, "Temporary requirement to suspend certain activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life" (and prior "Stay Home, Stay Safe" orders).
EO 2020-92 rescinds EO 2020-77 and amends Stay Home, Stay Safe restrictions to allow certain activities to resume in two regions of the state. 2020-92 also rescinds EO 2020-90, "Resumption of laboratory research activities," and incorporates that resumed activity. Please see these orders here:
On Thursday, May 7, 2020, Governor Whitmer released MI Safe Start: A Plan to Re-Engage Michigan's Economy. The phased plan addresses how the status of COVID-19 in the state will impact plans for reopening additional business sectors and easing restrictions.
Also on Thursday, May 7, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-77 relating to her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” requirements, which are now extended through May 28, 2020. The order reiterates that all Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and during which all Michiganders must stay in their homes unless they’re part of the critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family.
The order does make some changes to the previous order (2020-70); specifically, it lifts restrictions on certain activities effective May 11, 2020. From page 2 of Executive Order 2020-77 (emphasis added):
Accordingly, with this order, I find it reasonable and necessary to reaffirm the measures set forth in Executive Order 2020-70 and amend their scope. With Executive Order 2020-70, I ordered that certain previously suspended work and activities could resume, based on an evaluation of public health metrics and an assessment of the statewide risks and benefits. That evaluation remains ongoing, and based upon it, I find that we will soon be positioned to allow another segment of previously suspended work to resume: manufacturing work. This work, like the resumed activities allowed under Executive Order 2020-70, will be subject to stringent precautionary measures. This partial and incremental reopening will allow my public health team to evaluate the effects of allowing these activities to resume, to assess the capacity of the health care system to respond adequately to any increases in infections, and to prepare for any increase in patients presenting to a health-care facility or provider. With this order, Executive Order 2020-70 is rescinded. This order will remain in effect until May 28, 2020.
More details about the resumption of manufacturing work can be found on page 10 of EO 2020-77.
Updated May 7, 2020: Governor Whitmer temporarily suspended rules and procedures relating to physical presence at meetings and hearings of public bodies and other governmental entities in Michigan. Read more details. The governor also temporarily expanded unemployment benefits for Michigan workers. Read more here.
On April 30, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-69, extending the duration of temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation through May 28, 2020. These restrictions include the continued closure of libraries, museums, and fitness and recreation centers, as previously outlined in Executive Orders 2020-20 and 2020-43.
The CDC updated its list of COVID-19 symptoms to reflect additional knowledge about the virus, including chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
In addition, the CDC has a "What's New" page so it's easy to review their latest resources and updates.
During the ongoing pandemic, members continue to manage the vital work of critical infrastructure employees. In addition, many people are looking ahead to state and federal guidance permitting office and building re-openings. Both during and after a pandemic, it's important to understand and implement proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures to keep employees and citizens safe. MMRMA prepared this bulletin with the assistance of Traveler's Insurance to help. Access the bulletin here:
In order to facilitate social distancing practices in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many public entities and businesses across the state have employees who are conducting their work at home. MMRMA prepared a document with guidelines for members on managing remote work teams and practices. Please access here:
Meanwhile, many member first responders and other critical infrastructure workers continue to do their jobs in communities, health facilities, and other front-line locations every day, protecting and serving Michigan citizens. MMRMA has published an article on our website discussing team anxiety and how to promote well-being in this challenging time:
With these rapidly changing conditions, it is more important than ever to consider potential negative impact to your properties. MMRMA prepared these bulletins with the assistance of Traveler's Insurance to help members manage closed properties during these unprecedented times. Access the bulletins here:
Please contact MMRMA’s Membership Services Department or your Risk Control Consultant if you have specific questions or need further assistance.
Law Enforcement and Corrections:
MMRMA, together with experts at the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute (LLRMI), prepared these model guidelines for member law enforcement and corrections officials:
- MMRMA-LLRMI Guidelines for Law Enforcement COVID-19 Response
- MMRMA-LLRMI Guidelines for Jails COVID-19 Response
LLRMI has shared additional coronavirus/COVID-19 related resources with MMRMA for dissemination to member law enforcement and corrections personnel. Please go here to access videos that can benefit MMRMA members in managing law enforcement and corrections in the current landscape:
The Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE) has an online resource folder with COVID-19 related links, sample documents, and other timely information about the virus and how to protect people and save lives. The AELE folder can be accessed here.
COVID-19 Related Cyber Risks:
Cyber criminals are capitalizing on the fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, using coronavirus-related headlines and verbiage to conduct e-mail phishing scams and other illegal activities. Please remain vigilant when reading e-mail and avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from unsolicited emails or other unfamiliar sources.
For additional information, see MMRMA's April 2020 Risk Journal. You could also check this page from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), particularly the COVID-19 Cyber Alert section. You may also find this World Health Organization (WHO) link useful.
State Resources and Activities:
As part of her administration's response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order No. 2020-38, Temporary extensions of certain FOIA deadlines to facilitate COVID-19 emergency response efforts. The order states, in part:
It remains the public policy of this state—and a priority of my administration—that Michiganders have access to “full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and public employees,” so that they “may fully participate in the democratic process.” MCL 15.231(2). To balance this core priority with the steep and urgent demands posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is reasonable and necessary to provide limited and temporary extensions of certain FOIA deadlines, so that Michiganders may remain informed and involved in their government during this unprecedented crisis without unduly compromising the health and safety of this state and its residents.
The order further outlines details of the temporary extensions. You can read the entire order here.
As employers, members may also want to review these links from the U.S. Department of Labor, the CDC, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Note: The poster on Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act must be posted with other legally mandated state and federal employment law notices so that employees have this information:
Plante & Moran has coronavirus-related resources on their website:
Other Valuable Links and Information:
MDHHS's Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA) has been awarded two federal grants, totaling nearly $2.5 million, to address mental health needs in the state during the coronavirus pandemic. In conjunction with one of the grants, MDHHS will partner with five community mental health services programs "that were identified as having the greatest need relative to the COVID-19 crisis." The other grant will enable the agency to "roll out a short-term emergency program" that includes crisis counseling and other components.
Read the state announcement for more information.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued interim guidance on safety practices for critical infrastructure workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19. The guidance is provided to help facilitate continuity of essential services and pertains to personnel in 16 work sectors, including federal, state, & local law enforcement, 911 call center employees, hazardous materials responders, and janitorial/custodial staff. (For the full list, see here.)
According to the guidance, "CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19" and outlines practices to follow prior to and during work shifts, including pre-screening for symptoms and fever, regular monitoring, wearing masks, and more. More details and additional considerations can be found here on the CDC website.
The CDC published information about water transmission and COVID-19.