Reopening Resources

As restrictions are lifted and communities prepare to reopen, local governments will have to implement strategies to reopen public facilities, allow workers back into workplaces, and restart local economies. The resources on this page will help local governments navigate planning for a safe reopening of their community.

Planning for Re-Opening Local Government

June 8, 2020

Conversations with local government managers about re-opening local government amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local Government Response COVID-19 Panel

June 18, 2020

Highlights from a panel of local government leaders reflecting on the first three months of COVID-19 and how their unit of government responded.

Planning for Reopening

Elections and COVID-19 Webinar Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum presents on how her office is preparing for the August and November elections and answer questions about how other local governments can be adequately prepared. 

Planning and Preparing for Your Local Government's Return to Work - A podcast discussing short-term and long-term issues of bringing employees back to work and how to manage local government workplaces.

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes - Guidance from the CDC to help communities develop, implement, and maintain plans to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19 in public spaces.

Seven Things to Consider When Reopening Communities - Critical considerations from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) on decisions that need to be made in the process of reopening communities. 

Sector Specific Guidance for Reopening - Resources compiled by the US Chamber of Commerce offering sector specific guidance from some of the leading industry associations and government sources.

A Legal Perspective on Reopening Communities - Answers from ICMA on questions communities have been asking about reopening public facilities.

Pure Michigan Business Connect COVID-19 Procurement Platform - PMBC is offering a free procurement program to assist businesses in accessing non-medical grade Personal Protection Equipment to keep their employees and customers safe as they begin resuming in-person activities.

Crisis Leadership

Coronavirus Local Response Initiative – The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is leading classes focused on emergency preparedness, emergency response, crisis leadership, and crisis communication.

Leadership Before, During, and After a Crisis – Resource from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) on promising practices for local government crisis leadership.

Public Leadership Through Crisis – This series offers ideas for leaders questioning how they can help and what kind of leadership is required in the face of a crisis.

Protecting All Residents

Prioritize Equity in COVID-19 Response - Resources from the Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) Council of the National League of Cities highlighting examples of local action leaders can take to ensure that equity is at the center of how communities respond to this pandemic.

Retooling Criminal Justice Responses for Equity and Continued Public Safety - Examples from the National League of Cities for what can be done to reduce risks associated with novel coronavirus for first responders and others in high risk groups.

Food Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Things municipal leaders can do to support access to food and nutrition.

Social Equity Considerations: An Imperative in a Time of Pandemic - Key considerations for state and local government response to the novel coronavirus pandemic that are focused on making decisions through an equity lens.

Getting Residents Online In a Pandemic Crisis - Resources compiled by the National League of Cities for helping residents get connected.

COVID-19: How Local Leaders Can Help Vulnerable Households Get Online - Webinar recording from the National League of Cities

Supporting Local Businesses

Michigan Small Business Relief Program Grants - Provide grants up to $10,000 to support small businesses who have experienced significant financial hardship due to COVID-19. 

Michigan Small Business Relief Program Loans - Loans are available for eligible borrowers of $50,000 or more and capped at $200,000.

U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan - Low-interest, fixed-rate loans for up to $2 million in assistance for small businesses.

Small Business Development Center - Additional resources and support.

State of Michigan Information for Employees and Employers

Small Business Association of Michigan - Daily briefings via Zoom.


Other Resources

Rural Development COVID-19 Response - USDA Rural Development has taken actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities.

USDA Federal Rural Resource Guide - Programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.