Berrien County Departments Collaborate on Reopening Guidance for Workplaces
The Berrien County Health Department, Department of Economic Development, and Berrien County Emergency Operations Center contributed to the recent launch of a new website and resource providing guidance for businesses to consider as they plan for reopening their companies as Executive Orders allow. The entire plan, links, and resources can be viewed at www.BerrienReopens.org.The group consisted of additional leaders from Kinexus Group, Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Cornerstone Alliance. Together, they have developed a framework of best practices and guidance to help companies not only get started but build confidence in employees and customers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The framework has several components including having a Preparedness and Success Plan, having a workplace coordinator, clear responsibilities for supervisors and employees, and having workplace preventative measures to ensure health and safety of workers, customers, and the public.Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order until May 28th, while allowing additional sectors to resume operating, including construction, real estate, and manufacturing in addition to the already designated “critical infrastructure workforce” that has been permitted to operate. The Berrien ReOpens partnership will be providing regular updates as information and conditions change. Find more information on COVID-19, including data and resources for specific audiences at www.bchdmi.org.
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