Resources for Restarting the Local Economy

As Michigan and Mason County begin to re-engage the economy, we have gathered these resources to assist you with your preparation to get back to work safely. Please check back often, as we will update this page as more resources become available. 

Preparedness and Response Plan Templates

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-59 requires, among other things, businesses to develop a “COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.” The Workplace Law attorneys at Bodman Law have stepped in to help Chamber members prepare their plans. Here are four different templates for your use:

Personal Protection Equipment

If you need Personal Protection Equipment to reopen your business, click here for a list of businesses that offer specific products.


As Michigan gets back to work, it is crucial to maintain a safe work environment for your employees and for any members of the public that you may encounter. This document and the following bulleted resources should serve as a guide and checklist to help you craft a plan and get back to work safely. 

Click here to view the Get Back to Work Safely Guide

Roadmap to Reopening Restaurants

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) has released the Roadmap to Reopening, a step-by-step guide to navigating restaurant reintegration. It features comprehensive guidelines and checklists to put restaurateurs in a position to safely reopen operations, while giving the general public confidence that they can safely return to their favorite restaurants.

Click here to access Roadmap to Reopening

COVID-19 Free Training

Reopen Main Street

Check out the Reopen Main Street page for helpful tips, whether you own a retail establishment, offer food and drinks, provide services, or offer attractions.



Cities around the nation are beginning to lift their COVID-19-related restrictions. For businesses that closed their brick-and-mortar locations, the following steps will help you plan for reopening while protecting customers and employees. View checklist HERE.


An Employer Guide for Preparing and Adapting Your Work Environment  

This foundational guide from Spectrum Health is a primer to help you no matter where you are in the process, whether you’re navigating reopening to the community, welcoming employees back on-site or adapting to a new environment. Spectrum Health is dedicated to the health and safety of our communities. With expert advice on infection control, practical resources and more, we’ll walk you through the steps and resources to help you increase safety and minimize risk for you, your employees and your customers. Read more




MI Safe Start: A Plan to Re-Engage Michigan’s Economy

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan outlines how we will begin to re-engage while
continuing to keep Michigan’s communities safe. Re-engagement will happen in phases. As we move into lower-risk phases, additional business categories will re-open and the restrictions on public gatherings and social interactions will ease.

Click here to view Governor Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan

Re-engaging the Rural Economy: Roundtable Discussions on Demand

The “Re-Engaging The Rural Economy” virtual roundtable series from The Right Place has been recorded and is now online for your convenience. See topics and links below:

MIOSHA Workplace Guidelines, New Hotline to Protect Michigan Workers

As the curve continues to flatten and many businesses reopen their doors, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) issued workplace guidelines for employers and employees and created a new hotline, 855-SAFEC19 (855-723-3219), to answer guideline questions and further protect Michigan’s workforce from the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, MIOSHA provides further clarification the construction and manufacturing sectors must take to protect workers that have returned to work. The State of Michigan’s Workplace Safety Guidelines can be found on LEO’s homepage at  

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COVID-19 Public Health Guidance to Reopen Workforce from District Health Dept. #10

DHD #10 has compiled guidance on reopening, so you know what to expect from the department and the community. View here.