Guidance for Businesses
UPDATED August 13, 2020 at 12:15 p.m.
Reporting a COVID-19 Positive Worker
To report a COVID-19 positive worker for a business located in Washtenaw County, please enter the information in our secure online portal.
You can also email [email protected] or call 734-544-6700 and leave a message.
State of Michigan Executive Order Guidance for Businesses
- EO 2020-149 - Temporary safety measures for food-selling establishments and pharmacies
- EO 2020-153 - Masks (also see the FAQs)
- EO 2020-160 - Amended Safe Start Order (also see the FAQs)
- EO 2020-161 - Safeguards to protect Michigan’s workers from COVID-19
- EO 2020-164 - Masks at child-care centers and camps
- EO 2020-166 - Protecting workers who stay home, stay safe when they or their close contacts are sick
MIOSHA COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance - Guidelines for various industries, as well as information on filing a complaint.
Washtenaw County Information for Businesses and Entities
Screening, social distancing, face coverings, and additional public health strategies to protect everyone’s health to the greatest degree possible are covered in Michigan Executive Orders and under guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Workplaces: Answers to common questions about COVID-19 and workplace issues (what to do if an employee tests positive, etc.) - updated August 11, 2020
- Workplace sample health screening form - updated August 13, 2020
- Instructions on social distancing, self-monitoring, self-quarantine, and self-isolation
- Returning from Travel: COVID Recommendations
- COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan Template: Businesses and entities can use this template to prepare their required plan
Business Reopening Guidance & Resources
- Washtenaw County Reopening Guidance for Businesses - Guidance from the Washtenaw County Health Department for all businesses reopening or expanding services. Also see the COVID-19 FAQs for Workplaces.
- Michigan COVID-19 Business Response Center - Industry-specific guidance, including building, manufacturing, retail, dining, shopping, offices, health care, and more.
- MIOSHA: Workplace safety guidance, including guidance for specific industries and information on how to file a complaint
- MI Safe Start: A Guide to Re-engage Michigan’s Economy - State of Michigan plan and stages of response.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Guidance on Reopening Communities, Schools, Workplaces, and Events.
- Operational Toolkit for Businesses Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in COVID-19 - Instruction Manual from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
- Building signs - Signs about masks, staying home if sick, and social distancing from Washtenaw County Health Department.
- Screen workers. Check employees for fever or other symptoms if they will enter facilities or buildings. Any employee with symptoms must stay home or work remotely.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance between people.
- Emphasize frequent and proper hand washing. Make sure sinks are well supplied with warm running water, soap and paper towels.
- Supply face coverings to all employees. Employees must wear face coverings if they will be in close contact with other employees or the public. Make sure customers are wearing face coverings as well.
- Do not share space or equipment. If this is not possible, have employees wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using shared equipment. Clean and sanitize equipment between uses.
- Work remotely whenever possible, particularly if individuals have underlying health conditions.
- Contact the Health Department when there is a positive case associated with your facility and cooperate with case investigation and contacting tracing efforts.
See our guidance document COVID-19 FAQs for Workplaces for more information on what to do if an employee becomes ill or is diagnosed with COVID-19.
Swimming Pool Resources
2020 Public Swimming Pool Packet: Important information about reopening your outdoor public swimming pool, and compliance with swimming pool and COVID-19 requirements.
- Reopening Pools after COVID-19 Closure
- COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan Template (PDF version) (Word version)
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Workplaces
- Swimming Pool Pre-Opening and Safety Equipment Checklist
- Restaurant In-person Dining Procedures - guidance from the Washtenaw County Health Department
- Michigan Restaurant Association reopening and operating guidance
- Best practices for food establishments to manage COVID-19 - from the State of Michigan
- Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic - from the FDA
- Guidelines for Safe Child Care Operations During COVID-19 - guidance from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
- Child Care and Licensing Information - Child care information for licensed facilities and families from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
- Coronavirus childcare provider resources from the State of Michigan
- Frequently Asked Questions about childcare operations from the State of Michigan
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Resources
- PPE Procurement & Supplier Platform - Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is working to match Michigan-based suppliers with Michigan-based companies in need of PPE and other resources. Complete the intake form on their website to get a list of resources that fit your needs. The Michigan Manufacturer’s Association also has resources on COVID-19 related products and services.
- Michigan Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of companies that source, manufacture or distribute PPE equipment.
File a Complaint About a Business Operating in Violation of Orders
To report concerns or complaints about essential businesses, social distancing, masks, or other concerns, please visit the State of Michigan site for details.
To report MIOSHA or workplace safety complaints call 855 SAFE C19 (855 723-3219) and/or file a complaint with MIOSHA.
For local information, email [email protected] or call 734-544-6700 and leave a message. Voicemail messages are checked several times each weekday, and calls will be returned within 24 hours or sooner.
More Information for Businesses
- Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
- MI Safe Start
- Cleaning and Disinfection after COVID-19 Exposure
- You can learn more about your employment rights on the Michigan Attorney General website.
- US Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA):