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NEW! MIOSHA emergency workplace rules extended for six months

Gathering limits lifted for township meetings under epidemic order amendment

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) amended its Gathering and Face Mask Order, removing the 25-person capacity limit for in-person indoor public meetings held in compliance with the Open Meetings Act. Under the amended order, which is in effect through April 19, 2021, townships can resume indoor in-person public meetings subject to certain limitations. The indoor and outdoor gathering limits on the number of persons do not apply to public meetings held in compliance with the OMA. Organizers and facilities must still design the meeting to encourage and maintain physical distancing, and must ensure that persons not part of the same group maintain six feet of distance from one another to the extent possible. Seating should be arranged accordingly. At these indoor meetings, masks must also be worn unless a personal exception applies as set forth in in the MDHHS Order.

Through the end of the year, virtual attendance of members of a public body at public meetings is only allowed for three reasons: military duty, a medical condition, or a statewide or local state of emergency (SOE) or state of disaster. The Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) has surveyed its members and compiled both a map and listing of counties that have declared states of emergency. Visit MAC's Resources for COVID-19 Response webpage to view or download the resources (under the second heading, "State of Emergency Status"). This is not a conclusive list and some counties not on the list may have declared a state of emergency. If your township wishes to hold a meeting virtually and has not adopted its own SOE, please confirm with your county that a local state of emergency has been declared.

 Additional MDHHS order infographics are available:

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MTA responses and resources
(note that any references to executive orders in MTA resources are no longer valid)

Meetings

Working from home

Utilities

Miscellaneous

MTA COVID-19 video and podcast updates

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Additional state and federal information and resources


Emergency Services Providers

Michigan Department of Treasury

U.S. Department of Treasury

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus webpage

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National Association of Towns and Townships

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    Employer and economic considerations

    Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

    U.S. Department of Labor

    Michigan Economic Development Corporation

    Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

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      COVID-19 resources from MTA Allied Service Providers

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      Center for Disease Control  & Prevention (CDC)

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      Federal resources and guidelines

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       World Health Organization (WHO)