Operating Online and Remotely

The COVID-19 pandemic has force local governments to adapt to a new reality of conducting much of their business in a new way, including online meetings for public bodies and remote work for many local government employees. The resources on this page will help local governments navigate conducting online meetings, keeping staff and community members connected, and doing local government business online.


Online Meetings for Local Government

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-75 temporarily allows public bodies to conduct meetings electronically as long as certain conditions are met that enable both the public and members of the public body to participate. The resources below are meant to help local governments working to provide opportunities for online meetings.

Executive Order 2020-75 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards. This order is effective through June 30, 2020.

These videos give a quick overview of:


  • Sample Online Meeting for Local Government (Video)

    Published on April 13, 2020

    A quick example of one option for conducting a local government meeting online, including directions for elected officials, public comment, and keeping your meeting secure.

  • Emergency Changes to the Open Meetings Act (Video)

    Published on April 13, 2020

    A webinar describing changes to Open Meeting Act meeting procedures as a result of the novel Coronavirus and Executive Order 2020-15 and 2020-21. This information is valid through 4-13-20 or until these EOs are otherwise modified, expire, or are replaced.

 Webinars From Our Partners

Handling OMA and FOIA in New Situations - Matt Nordfjord, Cohl, Stoker & Toskey, presents on the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as part of Michigan Association of Counties online conference.

News, Updates, and Other Resources

Connected Nation - Resources and solutions to providing connectivity

Connected Nation: Michigan - Synopsis of telecommunications and cable television provider responses to COVID-19 in Michigan

What local governments should consider about working from home, post COVID-19 - Considerations for local governments to weigh when bringing workers back into physical places of work, or allowing continued work-from-home options.