Saginaw, Mich., part of the Great Lakes Bay Region, April 24, 2020 Governor Gretchen Whitmer has begun lifting COVID-19 restrictions on some businesses, which can begin reopening. Landscapers, lawn-service companies, plant nurseries and bike repair shops can resume operating, subject to social-distancing rules. Stores selling nonessential supplies can reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. Big-box retailers no longer have to close off garden centers and areas dedicated to selling paint, flooring and carpet.
The most important goal for Saginaw County and Michigan is to stop the spread of Covid-19. As Michigan develops and implements appropriate policies, in accordance to federal state and local regulations, Saginaw Future Inc. and the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce have researched re-opening plans and playbooks for our businesses to begin to prepare for re-opening.
Businesses can go to www.saginawfuture.com/covid to find re-opening playbooks for various industries and other related materials to help prepare them to reopen.
Please keep in mind that considerations for gradually reopening the economy must take into account hospital capacity, availability of personal protection equipment and testing kits. A sustained reduction in Covid-19 cases is the most important measure. Important resources and guidance will come from MIOSHA , U.S. OSHA , Center for Disease Control , and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cyber Infrastructure .
Governor Whitmer’s order continues to prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life, with exemptions for various critical jobs. Restaurants remain closed to dine-in customers under a separate measure, and bars, movie theaters, gyms and other sports facilities are still shuttered.
The mission and vision of the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce is to be the recognized leader for business in the region and communicate, connect and influence on behalf of our almost 1,000 members. Visit us at www.SaginawChamber.org . For COVID-19 resources, go to https://www.saginawchamber.org/coronavirus-resources.html
Established in 1992, Saginaw Future Inc. (SFI) is a public-private alliance of local businesses, the County of Saginaw, City of Saginaw, 16 local municipalities and the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce. SFI’s strategic partners also include education, labor and government. Since its beginning, SFI has remained dedicated to fostering quality job creation through expansion of local industry and attraction of new business projects to the community. www.SaginawFuture.com