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Directives and guidance on serving students during the pandemic

August 10, 2020

Join us for the first of a series of live virtual events to help businesses in Michigan college towns understand directives and guidance on COVID-19. Serving students during the pandemic is a unique challenge. As students are returning to campuses, LEO will help at risk businesses like bars, restaurants, gyms, and certain retailers in these areas understand what they can do to reopen, stay open and keep the community safe. Sean Egan, Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director, will answer questions on guidelines for operations, compliance and safety requirements for employees and customers.

The Michigan Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is hosting a series of webinars over the next couple weeks to help businesses in Michigan college towns understand the rules and regulations surrounding COVID-19.

With students returning to campuses, local businesses like bars, restaurants and others must adopt health-and-safety behaviors to prevent possible spikes and keep the economy moving. If we continue to see cases increase, we risk another shut down.

Serving students during the pandemic is particularly challenging, especially for bars, retailers and gyms. The webinars will help those businesses understand what they can do to stay open or reopen when it is safe. Many businesses have questions about policies and directives regarding COVID-19 and LEO will help provide clarity. Businesses will have the opportunity to ask questions on operations and compliance directly to Sean Egan, Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director. 

Who: The Michigan Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO)

What: A series of regional webinars, including live Q&A, in Michigan college towns to help prepare local businesses, especially bars, restaurants, gyms and certain retail establishments to reopen, operate and stay open as students return amidst the ongoing pandemic. Businesses can begin to submit questions now to LEO-comms@michigan.gov.

When: The first webinar targeted for the Kalamazoo area will be held on August 11 from 2:30-3:30PM. A series of regional webinars will continue through August:

·        Tuesday 8/11 2:30-3:30PM Kalamazoo – Join Here

·        Wednesday 8/12 2:30-3:30PM East Lansing – Join Here

·        Thursday 8/13 2:30-3:30PM Grand Rapids/Allendale – Join Here

·        Tuesday 8/18 2:30-3:30PM Detroit – Join Here

·        Wednesday 8/19 2:30-3:30PM Ann Arbor – Join Here

·        Thursday 8/20 2:30-3:30PM Mt. Pleasant – Join Here

·        Friday 8/21 2:30-3:30PM Marquette – Join Here

PLEASE NOTE: While we’ll focus on the local community in each webinar, businesses are welcome to join on any date that fits their schedule.

Where: Business owners and representatives can join via the above link for each session.Why: Students are returning to campuses and college towns, and businesses need to be ready as COVID-19 remains a threat. Serving students during the pandemic is a unique challenge, especially for certain establishments with heightened risk of community transmission. LEO will help businesses in these areas understand what they can do to reopen, stay open, keep the economy active and protect the community.

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