Examples of permitted activities include:
- Go to the grocery store or pick up take-out food.
- Go to the pharmacy to pick up a needed prescription.
- Engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, biking.
- Go to the hospital or secure any care necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve your health or the health of a loved one.
- Fill your car with gas.
- Return to Michigan to a home or place of residence from outside the state.
- Leave the state for a home or residence elsewhere.
- Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian for needed medical care.
However, you may not:
- Leave home for work unless your employer designates you as a critical infrastructure worker.
- Participate in any public gatherings.
- Visit someone in the hospital, nursing home, or other residential care facilities (with limited exceptions).
- Go to the mall or to restaurants.
Businesses that remain open for in-person work must take aggressive steps to minimize the virus’s spread, including:
- Promoting remote work to the fullest extent possible.
- Restricting the number of workers present on the job.
- Keeping employees at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible and enabling social distancing for customers who are standing in line.
- Any other social distancing practices and mitigation measures recommended by the CDC.
Expanding Unemployment Benefits
Until Tuesday, April 14, Michigan is temporarily expanding unemployment benefit eligibility to those affected by COVID-19. Benefits will be extended to:
- Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, like child care due to school closures or caring for a loved one who is ill;
- Workers who are sick, quarantined or immunocompromised, and do not have access to paid leave time or are laid off; and
- First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined.
Benefits will also be extended from 20 to 26 weeks, the application eligibility period has been increased from 14 to 28 days, and the normal in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.
For more information or to apply for unemployment benefits, visit Michigan.gov/UIA or call (866) 500-0017.
The state is also seeking solutions for self-employed workers and independent contractors who traditionally do not have access to unemployment insurance. The governor has requested that President Trump issue a Major Disaster Declaration so that Individual Assistance and Disaster Unemployment Assistance through FEMA may be made available to additional Michiganders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
School Meals for Students
To help ensure children who rely on food provided by schools still have access to the meals and resources they need, the Michigan Department of Education has developed an online tool for families. To find schools serving meals in your area, you can use the tool by clicking here.
Other locations serving meals in our district:
- Christian Trinity Church
- St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
St. Clair Shores
- Bethel Lutheran Church
- Lakeshore Presbyterian
- St. Lucy Catholic Church
- St. Margaret of Scotland
- The Shores Church
Macomb Food Program Client Choice Food Pantry
- Located inside of the Macomb Community Action Family Resource Center, 196 North Rose in Mt. Clemens, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For the time being, we will move coffee hours to conference calls.
The next call is Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m. Here is the information to join the call:
Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6317
Access code: 422254#
Online meeting ID: kevinhertel
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kevinhertel
This crisis is a defining moment for our community, our state and our country. These may be uncertain times for all of us, but I am confident that we will respond with the same strength and resilience that Michiganders always have.
State Representative, 18th House District