The city of Detroit has released a guide to help small businesses reopen when Michigan enters Phase 4 of the governor’s return to work plan.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced a robust new effort developed in partnership with a coalition of government, business, nonprofit and philanthropic partners to assist small businesses in Detroit with safely and successfully reopening, once Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declares the state in Phase 4 of her restart plan.
First and foremost, to make sure business owners know how to safely reopen, the City’s Health Department has released a Small Business Playbook with protocols that can be adapted for various kinds of businesses to create a COVID Safe Work Plan. The guide helps business owners by providing clear guidance on protocols for:
• Testing of employees prior to opening
• Daily temperature checks and health screening
• Obtaining and proper use of Personal Protection Equipment
• Social distancing and workspace practices
• Worksite sanitation protocols, as well as sick and exposure policies
• Physical changes to workspace, as needed, for safety
The city also launched detroitmeansbusiness.org, where businesses can download the 21-page guidebook to reopening. The playbook features Detroit’s six-step workplace safety protocols, charts and checklists, safety signs to post around your business, and more.
The website also provides financial resources, tech assistance webinars, and details on where and how to get PPE. Mayor Duggan encourages small businesses to put the playbook on their websites.