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 email@example.com.
- 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, postponed, or virtually conducted several meetings and training sessions in recent 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.
2020 Annual Meeting Cancellation: After thoughtful deliberation and discussion, MMRMA has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the Annual Meeting that was scheduled for August. Please go here for more details about the decision and our planning efforts for future events and offerings.
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.
On Friday, August 7, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-165 extending the state of emergency in Michigan through September 4, 2020. The order rescinds Executive Order 2020-151, which have previously extended the emergency declaration through August 11.
Read the full order, titled Declaration of state of emergency and state of disaster related to the COVID-19 pandemic, here:
On Wednesday, August On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-160, Amended Safe Start Order. The order rescinds five previous orders, continues several temporary restrictions for certain events, gatherings, and businesses, and reintroduces statewide limits of indoor social gatherings to 10 people. As with previous orders, EO 2020-160 states: "Any work that is capable of being performed remotely (i.e., without the worker leaving his or her home or place of residence) must be performed remotely." It also states "Any business or operation that requires its employees to leave their home or place of residence for work is subject to the rules on workplace safeguards in Executive Order 2020-161 or any order that may follow from it." (See below for information on 2020-161.)
See this FAQ for more information, which details parameters of several types of larger gatherings and addresses voting:
Q. Do the limitations on the number of people at indoor gatherings or events apply to voting activities (e.g., at school cafeterias that are used as polling places or to count ballots)?
A. No. The gathering and event limitations in Executive Order 2020-160 do not apply to voters coming together to cast their individual vote or to poll workers coming together, as necessary, to count votes. Polling places should take steps, however, to enable voters and poll workers to remain six feet from one another at all times.
Read the full order here: Executive Order 2020-160
Also on July 29, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-161, Safeguards to protect Michigan's workers from COVID-19. This order updates the previous such order, 2020-145, which is now rescinded. From the introductory summary:
Businesses must continue to do their part to protect their employees, their patrons, and their communities. Many businesses have already done so by implementing robust safeguards to prevent viral transmission. But we can and must do more: no one should feel unsafe at work. With Executive Orders 2020-91, 2020-97, 2020-114, and 2020-145, I created workplace standards that apply to all businesses across the state. I am now rescinding and reissuing an amended version of those standards to add a new section on casinos.
On July 27, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-157 further extending the temporary suspension of certain requirements relating to youth employment permit applications. Executive Order 2020-157 rescinds prior EO 2020-140.
The new order is effective through August 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
On July 17, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-153 clarifying some details related to the use of masks and face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The order, which rescinds previous EO 2020-147, states, "Any individual who leaves their home or place of residence must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth:
(a) When in any public indoor space;
(b) When outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household; and
(c) When waiting for or riding on public transportation, while in a taxi or ridesharing vehicle, or when using a private car service as a means of hired
The order further expands on these requirements and also clarifies that the order applies to government offices.
On July 17, Governor Whitmer also issued Executive Order 2020-154, Alternative means to conduct government business. The order, which rescinds previous orders 2020-129, 2020-132, and 2020-141, extends the duration of the provisions in those orders. This includes extending the temporary suspension of rules and procedures relating to physical presence at meetings and hearings of public bodies and other governmental entities in Michigan. It also allows alternative notice of tax abatement hearings and remote means of carrying out state administrative procedures.
Among its general provisions, it states: "The order is effective immediately and remains in effect during any state of emergency or state of disaster arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for 28 days thereafter to the extent necessary to permit reliable scheduling of hearings and meetings...."
August 7 Update: The State of Michigan is under an emergency declaration through September 4, 2020 (per EO 2020-165).
On July 9, 2020, Governor Whitmer also issued Executive Order 2020-146 extending the duration of temporary corrections protocols through August 6, 2020. These protocols were originally outlined in EO 2020-62 and later extended in EO 2020-119, both of which have since been rescinded. Read details of the temporary protocols in the full EO 2020-146 here.
On June 18, the governor issued Executive Order 2020-128, Clarifying WDCA Eligibility for Workplace Exposure to COVID-19. The order defines certain public employees as "COVID-19-response employees" and states:
For purposes of the WDCA, and subject to rebuttal by specific facts to the contrary, a COVID-19-response employee who is confirmed as COVID-19 positive on or after March 18, 2020, either by physician or by test, shall be presumed to have suffered a “personal injury,” as that term is defined by section 401(2)(b) of the WDCA, MCL 418.401(2)(b).
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:
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 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.
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.
State Resources and Updates:
The Travelers website offers this useful article with several pertinent links:
Plante & Moran has coronavirus-related resources on their website:
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.
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:
Other Valuable Links and Information:
CDC Coronavirus Site
CDC COVID-19 Symptoms
CDC "What's New" Page
CDC Coronavirus Fact Sheet
CDC Poster: Stop the Spread of Germs
CDC Poster: Stop the Spread of Germs (Spanish)
Michigan DHSS Handwashing Poster