COVID Health & Safety

COVID-19 Workplace Safety Update Webinar

Learn from State and City health officials about how to operate safely within today’s COVID environment.

Reopening Playbooks

Recognizing the diversity of Detroit’s business community, Detroit Means Business has created infographic versions of our playbooks in Arabic, Bengali, and Spanish. Playbooks include information and signage.

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Bars & Restaurants

Bars and restaurants may reopen at 50% capacity after June 8th. The industry specific resources below will allow you to reopen your restaurant or bar in a safe and profitable manner.

Please note if you are applying or reapplying for an outdoor dining permit that temporary outdoor liquor licenses are no longer issued by the MLCC. For more information please see below. Contact your DBL for assistance: here

Barbershops, Salons, & Similar Businesses

Barbershops, hair and nail salons, body art shops, massage parlors, and tanning lounges may reopen after June 15th. The industry specific resources below will allow you to reopen your business in a safe and profitable manner.


The City of Detroit's Reopening Guide for Detroit's Retail Businesses is available now! It offers guidance and resources to reopen your business after May 26th in compliance with Governor Whitmer's relaxation of retail restrictions.

PPE Suppliers

Having trouble finding the supplies you need to ensure the safety of your employees and customers? We’ve compiled a list of PPE suppliers offering everything from sanitizer to sneeze guards.


Testing is available for free to all Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and there is no prescription needed.

The Reopening Playbook

These videos highlight some of the key aspects of the Reopening Playbook for you and your employees to better understand the best practices and requirements of reopening your business safely.

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Health & Safety

We’ve developed some best practice tips and guides for maintaining a healthy and safe workplace.

Wearing a face mask

  • The type of face mask you should wear can depend on your role. Check CDC guidelines for further information.
  • With the exception of field workers entering customer homes or premises, the KN95/N95 style facemask may be reused for two days per employee, provided the mask is clean and in good condition.
  • The cloth FR/ARA mask may be laundered for reuse per the manufacturer guidelines.
  • Face mask exceptions may be appropriate where the use of a face mask hinders a work activity, creates a greater hazard, violates other work procedures, or interferes with the proper use of task-specific PPE.

Social Distancing

  • One of the best ways to protect yourself from exposure to COVID-19 is by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between you and others (social distancing).
  • Avoid handshaking, gathering in close quarters, and do not drive with passengers.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Other methods include employee screening prior to the shift to verify symptomatic employees do not come into work.

Practice good personal hygiene

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Discourage handshakes and hugs when greeting or being introduced to people.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.


Employee Benefits

If I have an employee that is still on payroll while we are closed, is she eligible for unemployment benefits?

No. Employees are only eligible if they are not working or have reduced hours.

If an employee missed work due to COVID-19 symptoms but did not test positive, are they eligible for FFCRA benefits?

No. employees are only eligible if advised to quarantine by a healthcare provider.

When does Pandemic Unemployment Assistance end?

PUA is scheduled to end July 31, 2020.

If my employee takes paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave, what records do I need to keep?

You must document the following:
• Name of employee requesting leave
• Dates for which leave is requested
• Reason for leave
• Statement from the employee that he or she is unable to work for that reason
• Name of health care provider recommending self-quarantine, if applicable

Employee Health

Can I require my employees to share their COVID-19 test results?

Guidance from the CDC and City of Detroit Health Department as of 5.22.2020 is that you can require employees to share test results prior to returning to work. Please check and the City of Detroit Health Department website for current guidance.

What do I do if my employee tests positive?

Guidance from the CDC and City of Detroit Health Department as of 5.22.2020 is that employees who test positive should quarantine according to CDC and DOL guidelines. Please check and the City of Detroit Health Department website for current guidance.

If my employee is sick, what are my responsibilities to hold their job?

Per Governor Whitmer’s executive order on 4.3.2020, employers may not discharge an employee for staying home from work due to a positive test result, symptoms or close contact with an individual who tested positive. Please check for current guidance.

If my employee tests positive, when can they return to work?

Guidance from the CDC and City of Detroit Health Department as of 5.22.2020 is that employees can return to work after the following 4 criteria have been met:

• At least 10 days have elapsed since the positive test
• The employee has been free of fever, shortness of breath, and/or sore throat, without medication, for 72 hours
• The employee has received a follow-up COVID-19 test
• The employee has provided written evidence of a negative test result

Please check and the City of Detroit Health Department website for current guidance.

Work Share

Is the Work Share model different from underemployment?

No. You can think of workshare as underemployment or partial unemployment.

Are part-time employees eligible for Work Share?

Yes. Full and part-time employees are eligible.

Will I have to pay any increase in taxes or fees by using Work Share?

No. The Federal Government is covering Work Share expenses under the CARES Act.

Who files for Work Share?

Employers file on behalf of their employees. Employers must also certify that their employees worked.

Who can help me file for Work Share?

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