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Call to Action: Urge Governor Whitmer to Allow Libraries to Begin Curbside Services

Updated -- May 20, 2020

MLA is here to help our libraries be totally prepared for the eventual phased-in reopening of their facilities and their services. Libraries across Michigan are now preparing individualized phased-in reopening plans and library administrators are being very careful and thoughtful to take into consideration staff and patron protections from the continued spread and/or a resurgence of the coronavirus. Many libraries are ready to begin implementing curbside services. We are now asking the Governor to allow libraries to offer curbside and no-contact pickup services.

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Libraries to Be Included on Governor's Reopening Advisory Workgroups

May 13, 2020

Last week, MLA heard that Governor Whitmer would be forming workgroups to help determine reopening plans for different industries, and MLA immediately asked to be at the table.

We received communications yesterday that Governor Whitmer formally announced the creation of these advisory workgroups (led by the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity). The workgroups will provide input on Michigan’s process to safely re-engage the economy. Workgroups will focus on mitigation of transmission risk in the workplace, including but not limited to best practices for workplace safety, PPE requirements, and retraining workers on newly implemented COVID-19 work requirements.

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MI Safe Start Plan

May 7, 2020

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer detailed the six phases of her MI Safe Start Plan to re-engage Michigan’s economy. The Governor has worked with leaders in health care, business, labor, and education to develop the plan, and announced today that Michigan is in phase three.

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Executive Order 2020-75 Extends Order Allowing Remote Public Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 6, 2020

Tonight, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-75, which extends a previous Executive Order that allows public bodies to conduct remote public meetings during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Order 75 expires on June 30, 2020.

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Effective Immediately, All Michigan Libraries to Remain Closed to the Public Through May 28, 2020

April 30, 2020

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY - LIBRARIES TO REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH MAY 28, 2020.

On Thursday, April 30, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-69 which extends her previous order that temporarily closes certain places of public accommodation such as libraries, theaters, bars, casinos and more.

Read Executive Order 2020-69

This information sheet provided by the Library of Michigan contains details on the recent Executive Order 2020-69 and how it, in conjunction with EO 2020-59 (Stay at Home Order) and EO 2020-48 (Virtual Public Meetings) may affect library activities.

Please note that this document is only for research and information and is not to be considered legal advice. Libraries with questions or concerns regarding how executive orders may affect their operations should consult their attorney for advice. 

 

Curbside Service and Reopening Plans for Michigan Libraries

April 30, 2020

Updated - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY - LIBRARIES TO REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH MAY 28, 2020. On Thursday evening, April 20, 2020 Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-69 which extends her previous order that temporarily closes certain places of public accommodation such as libraries, theaters, bars, casino, and more.

You are all amazing! In just 24 hours, MLA heard from 331 library directors who stated that they will be ready to offer curbside services in their phased-in plans to reopen - 71% will offer curbside, 23% are unsure, and 6% will not offer it at all.

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"Stay Home, Stay Safe" EO 2020-59 - Update For Libraries

April 26, 2020

On Friday, Governor Whitmer released Executive Order 2020-59 which continues to state that all individuals are ordered to stay home unless considered essential and that all activities are suspended if they do not sustain or protect life until May 15th. We urge our library members to remain patient, continue your online services, and to begin preparation of your reopening plans to serve your patrons in the future.

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