With all of the changing information about the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19, I wanted to get some information out that might be important for Michigan builders.
This is changing rapidly, so rather than putting information on this page, I am mostly going to direct you to other websites that are updated regularly.
As of March 24, all non-essential businesses in Michigan were ordered to shut down. This includes most construction sites.
Starting May 7, construction is allowed!
The buttons below will take you to websites with information regarding various situations with COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
has the most up to date and exhaustive information regarding the disease and how to stay safe:
Contractors can go back to work May 7!
According to Gov. Whitmer's May 1 Executive Order #2020-70, Michigan construction workers can go back to work! This is from an e-mail from LARA (Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs):
"From: Bureau of Construction Codes
As announced today by Governor Whitmer, Executive Order 2020-70 allows the construction industry, including workers in the building trades, to return to work as of 12:01 AM on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Social distancing guidelines described in section 11(i) of the order must be followed. Please read the Executive Order for more details."
From the May 1 Executive Order:
"10. (g) Effective at 12:01 am on May 7, 2020, workers in the construction industry,
including workers in the building trades (plumbers, electricians, HVAC
technicians, and similar workers), subject to the enhanced social-distancing
rules described in section 11(i) of this order."
Read the latest Executive Order here:
MIOSHA has Covid Guidelines for working safely:
has lots of resources that might be valuable to builders or their workers including:
For the first time, even self-employed people can file for "Unemployment"!
This is from the Michigan Dept of Labor and Economic Opportuntiy:
Self-Employed, Other Newly Eligible Workers Can Apply for Unemployment on Monday, April 13. $600 Federal Payments Also Begin
Michigan’s self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low-wage workers affected by COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) beginning Monday, April 13 at 8 a.m. Under the federal CARES Act, workers on state unemployment have already begun receiving the set $600 federal weekly payment in addition to their state benefit amount. Michigan is one of the first states to begin sending the $600 payment.
Many people are having trouble with the UIA website and system. The system is completely overwhelmed. To get Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), you need to register as an Employee even though you are self-employed. The link above explains how to do that. Below is a link to a YouTube video with some plain English explanation of the national system.
Save your small business!
Low interest (1%) and forgivable loans are available to small businesses and independent contractors!!!
If the Michigan Paycheck Protection Program (MiPPP) funds are used appropriately, the small business loan will be forgiven and you will only have to pay the accrued interest.
While the original money has all been used, another 250 Billion has been approved by the Senate (4/22) and will probably be approved by the House. Some lenders are still taking applications for the loans.
Find out more here:
Michigan Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO)
Has resources for businesses affected by the disease and the shelter in place order:
FAQs for employers regarding unemployment:
The Small Business Development Center has lots of FREE resources for developing your business. Some of these relate to COVID-19, but others are just about building your business. Since we all have a bit of "FREE TIME" right now, this might be a good time to check them out.
The Center for Construction Reasearch and Training has developed guidelines for how to work safely (once we go back to work).
They even have guidance from Milwaukee Tools on how to clean tools!
Who cleans their tools???!!!