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The Berkley Chamber has compiled the links to sources of information regarding funding, procedures and other information as it relates to the COVID-19. Please see below. We plan to continue to monitor sites and add information. In addition, if you are a business and not a Chamber member and would like to be part of our email updates, please sign-up here.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, has reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) portal for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. You can find out more information and learn how to apply by visiting here.

Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans
The U.S. Chamber has created a new Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans to provide businesses with the latest information and answers to FAQs about the changes that have been made to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Program as part of the end-of-year pandemic relief package Congress has passed. The U.S. Chamber will continue to update as more information becomes available. 

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Restaurant Meal Program
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is launching a new program that will give eligible food assistance recipients the opportunity to use their benefits to purchase restaurant meals. 

Older adults over 60, people with a disability including those who receive Social Security Income (SSI) or other disability program benefits, and people experiencing homelessness are among those who are eligible. 
 
The goal of the Restaurant Meal Program (RMP) is to serve residents who face difficulty preparing their own food due to disability, age, or lack of kitchen access. MDHHS is opening the program for restaurants to enroll with the aim of providing diverse and affordable options for eligible participants across the state.  Restaurants interested in partnering with MDHHS in this program are asked to visit the MDHHS website, where they can learn more about program requirements and how to enroll. Participating restaurants must offer meals at concessional prices.  MDHHS will announce at a later date when eligible food assistant recipients can start redeeming their benefits at participating restaurants.

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Update on Restrictions as of 1/25/2021

Below are the restrictions by Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in an effort to curb the rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates. For complete details read the Gatherings and Masks order here.

  • Starting Feb. 1, 2021 indoor dining for bars and restaurants is allowed with limit to 25% capacity (no more than 100 people). Indoor dining guideline infographic.
  • Work from home if your job can be done remotely. 
  • Indoor noncontact sports allowed. Contact sports not allowed except professional sports.

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Berkley City Council approved the extension of the resolution to continue to allow outdoor dining, sales, service areas, and the closure of Griffith Ave. until March 31, 2021. Any interested business who would like to apply can fill out the application(s). Apply here.

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November 6, 2020The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has released recommendations for employers on how to keep workplaces safe.

Consistent with emergency rules enacted by the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity on Oct. 14, if any in-person work is being conducted, employers should be sure to take the following steps to protect the health of their employees:

  • Create a COVID preparedness plan – Employers should develop and implement a written plan to prevent employee exposure to COVID-19. This should include exposure determination and detail the measures the employer will implement to reduce employee exposure.
  • Establish clear workplace procedures – Employers should identify a workplace COVID-19 coordinator, mandate face coverings, ensure appropriate access to personal protective equipment where necessary and train employees on new procedures, such as how to facilitate physical distancing.
  • Conduct daily self-screening of staff working in person – Employers should conduct daily health evaluations that include assessment for the symptoms of COVID-19 and exclude from in-person work any symptomatic staff.
  • Strengthen workplace cleaning and disinfection procedures – Employers should take every opportunity to clean and disinfect facilities as frequently as possible, and enhanced cleaning should be performed if a sick employee is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • Collaborate with local health departments – If employees contract COVID-19, local health departments will conduct contact tracing. Employees should work closely with their local health departments to ensure that all potentially affected employees are made aware of their exposure.

Employers should allow their employees to work from home, if possible, to minimize the presence of individuals gathered in work settings where COVID-19 may spread. Employers should only permit in-person work if a worker is unable to physically complete required job tasks from a remote setting, such as food service or auto assembly workers, or a job involving protected data that cannot be accessed remotely.

A full list of employee and workplace safety resources iavailable online.

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Oakland County for Businesses:  Great resources for grants, loans, information for reopening business and more. 

Oakland County Economic Development just launched the Legal and Financial Consultation for Small Business Program! Through this program, Oakland County small businesses are able to receive up to two 2-hour free consultations from the legal and financial consulting firms taking part in this program. Additionally, the nine consulting firms each developed two unique webinars on various legal and financial topics that are listed on Advantage Oakland. For more information visit:  https://www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland/business/Pages/Legal-and-Financial-Consultation.aspx.

Going Pro Talent Fund
The state budget was signed by the Governor is that $27 million is available for the Going Pro Talent Fund for this year!  The Oakland Co. Mich Works team has scheduled virtual workshops for businesses to learn about the program and application requirements. For employers that submit an application, they will need to work with a Oakland County Michigan Works Staff member. See flyer for additional information. To register for information sessions or for more information visit https://www.oakgov.com/workforce/employers/Pages/Going-Pro-Talent-Fund.aspx

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City of Berkley: Updates on what the city is doing concerning COVID-19.  Also if you are a Berkley business and need to know your occupancy limits please contact Pete Kelly, pkelly@berkleymich.net, (248) 658-3326.

State of Michigan: Latest updates from the State of Michigan Concerning COVID-19

Michigan Economic Development Corporation: Resources for Michigan Businesses dealing with COVID-19

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity – Matching grant up to $5,000.00 for small businesses (250 employees or less) to help with payment of safety and health equipment. Grant information: MIOSHA Workplace Improvement to Safety and Health (MIWISH) Grant Program  

Berkley Downtown Development Authority has put together a comprehensive COVID-19 Toolkit. 

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Links below are concening the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) effective April 1, 2020.  The FFCRA requires certain public employers, and private employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/ffcra

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