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March 2,2021 Gatherings and Facemask Order
 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday that the state is increasing occupancy limits for bars, restaurants, and entertainment and retail venues; and allowing visits to nursing homes, under specific guidelines.
"Restaurants and bars can open at 50 percent capacity, up from 25%, Whitmer said. Capacities also were increased at retail. casinos, gyms, stadiums and other entertainment and recreational facilities. Capacity limits also were increased for gatherings at home.
State officials said the new orders also extend the curfew to 11 p.m., starting March 5.
Capacity Limits Fact Sheet
Social Gathering Guidance

March 2, 2021 Requirements for Residential Care Facilities Recession of December 8, 2020 Order
Visitation Order Special Cases 
Visitation Order Fact Sheet

Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Funds are still available if you apply prior to December 31, 2021 for U.S. Small Business Association Disaster Loans.  The loan amount will be based on your actual economic injury and your company's financial needs, regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage. 
Use of proceeds
  • Working capital and normal expenses
  • Example: Continuation of health care benefits, rent, utilities, and fixed debt payments.

NOTICE TO EMPLOYERS ON HOW TO REPORT A REFUSAL OF WORK
The Michigan Employment Security Act, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) require individuals collecting unemployment insurance benefits to be available for suitable work and accept an offer of suitable work. In situations where an employer makes a bona fide offer of work to an employee or to return to their customary employment, the employee may lose unemployment benefits if he or she refuses to return to suitable work without good cause.

Wages, workplace safety, and other factors are considered in determining whether work is “suitable.” Employers must follow current state and federal requirements and guidance to maintain a safe workplace in general and due to COVID-19 pandemic. This includes adhering to the following Michigan laws:
  • Michigan Stay Home, Stay Safe Orders
  • Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MiOSHA) guidelines
  • Michigan Safe Start Plan
Suitable Work
It is not considered suitable work if the employer is unable or unwilling to provide a safe workplace required by current state and federal law and guidance. The burden of proof is on the employer to prove that the workplace is safe and in compliance with appropriate workplace safety laws and guidelines.
Reporting an Employee Refusing to Return to Work
Both employers and employees have an obligation to report offers and refusals of suitable work to the UIA. Employees should notify UIA during their biweekly certification if they have refused an offer of work.
If an employee refuses an offer of suitable work, the employer can notify UIA in one of the following ways: A new “Return to Work” link will be available in MiWAM to report a claimant’s “Refusal to Return to Work.” Visit www.michigan.gov/uia and log into your MiWAM account. The new “Report Refusal of Offer to Work/Return to Work” link will also be available at UIA Home Page at www.michigan.gov/uia.
If you have questions, visit www.michigan.gov/uia for tools and resources. You can also access your MiWAM account to chat with an agent Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Visit our website for hours of operation. TTY service is available at 866-366-0004. You can also contact Customer Service at 1-866-500-0017, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Dining During COVID-19

Helpful Info:

SCORE Remote Mentoring is Available
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, SCORE mentors will meet with clients remotely. Mentors are available to participate in remote mentoring sessions via phone, email, and video. If you already have a SCORE mentor, ask them if you can use a remote mentoring method for your sessions.
Free, Confidential Business Advice from Michigan SBDC
Access small business consulting, training and market research at no-cost through the Michigan SBDC. To get started, please select your county from the list below and follow the prompts to complete the online request for business services.
PMBC Virtual Procurement Assistance
PMBC is offering a free, online procurement and donation platform to assist suppliers of critical health and human services across a broad range of categories, including local municipalities, in accessing supplies and products as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Posters
There is currently a mandatory update to federal posters in response to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. During the stay at home order, employers should post it in an intranet or email it to all employees. Once the order is lifted it must be posted through December 31.
Full Toolkit
The Michigan Chamber continues to update its toolkit with resources for chamber members.