LMAS Guidance To Reopen Workforce

LMAS District Health Department in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, other Michigan Health Departments, and UP Michigan Works, has created public health guidance for Luce, Mackinac, Alger, and Schoolcraft county businesses to reopen or expand current services. This guidance is to assist businesses in protecting the health and safety of employees, customers, and visitors. It is contingent upon the Governor's Executive Orders, which will provide clarification as to when and in what order industries may open.

When and how to lift or implement restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 disease are critical public health decisions. These decisions should not be arbitrary, but rather informed by tangible data and strategic goals. Local health departments support a very gradual process to reopen non-essential businesses, community spaces, gatherings, travel, and recreation. Reopening should be based on the activity or businesses’ potential to contribute to the continued spread of COVID-19. Those things which pose the least amount of risk to public health (solitary activities, curbside delivery, etc.) should be prioritized. Community mitigation strategies should be continued as feasible.

Businesses are expected to participate in the control of COVID-19 in partnership with local public health departments – this may involve providing testing, contact tracing, and issuing their own quarantine process immediately, rather than waiting for local public health guidance. When sectors are reopening, their ability to procure necessary supplies, such as face coverings, hand sanitizer, handwashing stations, gloves, etc., must be considered.

The General Guidance document includes guidance for:

- Businesses                                     - Construction                                   - Retail Establishments

- Real Estate                                     - Personal Services                          - Outdoor Activity

- Government                                   - Healthcare Providers                     - Mass Gathering Areas

- Manufacturing                                - Childcare Programs                      - K-12 Schools 

- Public Transit                                 - Senior Facilities                             - Vulnerable Worker​

On page two, you will find links that bring you directly to your area of interest.

There is a separate document for schools, restaurants and lodging, courts, short term rentals, licensed pools, and spas/salons/barbers.

Also, please follow OSHA's Guidance on preparing your workplace for opening during COVID-19.

Below are templates for COVID-19 preparedness and response plans that are broken down by level of risk. There is also a risk assessment so you know what risk level your business is.

If you have questions or concerns about a business related to COVID-19, please contact the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration