for Local Municipal Leaders

Resources For Communities

Cities and villages are on the front lines of responding to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in their community. Local elected leaders have the primary responsibility for ensuring the health and safety of their residents. Michigan local governments have longstanding emergency protocols for public health emergencies and community members rely on them to provide them with timely, accurate information about their local preparedness and response.

The Michigan Municipal League is committed to providing local leaders with the necessary tools and resources to ensure communities are well equipped to navigate the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Questions on the Coronavirus?

The League can help!

Due to the volume of questions Governor Whitmer’s Administration is receiving on the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Michigan Municipal League has partnered with the Governor’s office to help answer and address the questions our members have.


Latest News

The League wants to make sure Michigan communities have access to the most up-to-date resources for a potential public health outbreak. Listed below you will find the most recent links to state, federal, and other resources on the coronavirus.

COVID-19 Updates for Local Governments and School District
The Department of Treasury’s COVID-19 Updates for Local Governments and School Districts webpage is now live.  This webpage will provide communities with the most up-to-date guidance issued by the Department including numbered letters, communications, and resources regarding COVID-19 information.  We will continue to update this webpage with information and resources as they become available.

Unemployment Benefits Increased and Expanded – March 30, 2020

Whitmer Signs Executive Order Prioritizing Absentee Voting in May 5 ElectionsInside 208 blog, March 30, 2020

Whitmer Executive Order Requires Water Reconnections Statewide, Establishes Fund to Help Communities ComplyInside 208 blog, March 29, 2020

Michigan Issues Stay-at-Home Order Amid Coronavirus: Here’s What it MeansMarch 23, 2020

Coronavirus Executive Order 2020-21 – FAQsMarch 23, 2020

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Temporarily Authorizing Remote Participation in Public Meetings and Hearings and Temporary Relief from Monthly Meeting Requirements for School BoardsMarch 18, 2020

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Temporarily Closing Bars, Theaters, Casinos, and Other Public Spaces; Limiting Restaurants to Delivery and Carry-Out Orders – March 16, 2020

Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Prohibition on Large Assemblages and Events Over 50 People – March 16, 2020

Governor Whitmer Expands Unemployment Benefits for Michigan Workers – March 16, 2020

Resource Links

Michigan Coronavirus Resources and Information

Coronoavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 19)

Department of Health & Human Services
What our state government is doing to address the virus, Fact Sheets explaining the virus and how it is spread and treated (English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic), and FAQs

In February 2020, President Trump formed a Coronavirus Task Force, led by Vice President Mike Pence and comprised of subject-matter experts, to organize a whole-of-government response. The Administration and Coronavirus Task Force have and will continue to work with State-Local-Tribal officials and private sector and non-profit partners in preparing for and responding to the coronavirus. It is important to note that at this time, the risk of infection for Americans remains low, and all agencies are working aggressively to monitor this continuously evolving situation and to keep our partners and the public informed.


Coronavirus Resources: Plan and Prepare Now Before It Hits Your Community

  • Considerations for Local Governments
  • Chains of Command for Public Health Emergencies
  • Key Resources for Local Governments

National League of Cities

Coronavirus Response Resources for Local Leaders

Managing Through the Coronavirus: What Local Leaders Need to Know
As more cases of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, are identified in the U.S., local leaders must answer the question about their own role in responding to the outbreak. The good news is that municipalities have  longstanding emergency protocols for public health emergencies such as this and now is the time to show leadership. Includes three things to prioritize with your local response.

World Health Organization (WHO)
Information and guidance regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including online training and videos.

Michigan Society of Association Executives
COVID-19 Resource Hub

University of North Carolina School of Government
 Preparing Local Government Workplaces for the New Coronavirus


FOIA Guidance during COVID-19
While we are aware that there are many opinions out there regarding the implementation of the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21 to FOIA, the MML wants to share the opinion of our featured speaker on a  thoughtful way to implement the order as to FOIA deadlines.

Virtual Meetings and Avoiding Zoombombing – April 2, 2020
Read the blog from Inside208 here>

The Michigan Municipal League’s Workers’ Compensation Fund program is receiving a lot of questions from our members about how workers’ compensation may apply to first responders. On March 30, the State of Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity issued updated emergency rules regarding this. Click here to view the updated emergency rules.

Here are the further details the League is providing our members on this:

“The State has issued revised emergency regulations on workers’ compensation coverage for first responders. The order, which will be in effect for six months, applies to first responders and health care workers, and presumes that a positive COVID-19 diagnosis is a work related injury.”

Again, to review the emergency regulations, click here.

Stay healthy!

Mike Forster
Director Risk Management Services
Michigan Municipal League

The Michigan Municipal League’s Unemployment Fund program is receiving a lot of questions from our members about expanded unemployment coverage. On March 16, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued an Executive Order to expand unemployment benefits eligibility and cost-sharing for benefit charges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Unemployment benefits are temporarily expanded through to April 14, 2020 for individuals who are unable to work due to exposure to COVID-19. Click here for the eligibility requirements and rules.

Some of you may be aware that the Secretary of State and her staff communicated late yesterday with clerks on the upcoming May election date. Just in case you are not aware, we are sharing the details with you about these important election changes.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and desire to limit person-to-person contact, the SOS is encouraging local governments with questions on the May ballot to consider pulling those questions off of the May date and utilizing the August or November ballots instead.

If you intend to remove any question already authorized for the May ballot, you will need to communicate that decision with the Bureau of Elections by this Friday at 5 p.m. You can do so by emailing state Elections Director Jonathon Brater at or Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson at

In addition, because of public health concerns related to COVID-19, the May 5 election will be conducted by mail under an upcoming emergency executive order expected from the Governor. There will be no polling places – all registered voters will instead receive applications for absent voter ballots, and may vote by absent voter ballot only.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me.

Summer Minnick
Deputy Executive Director and CMO
Michigan Municipal League


Monday Morning Live – April 6, 12pm

How to Apply for FEMA Public Assistance During COVID-19 – April 7, 12pm

Leading in a Crisis – April 9, 12pm (Details coming soon)

Census 2020: Getting a Complete Count During COVID-19 – April 2, 2020
PowerPointPodcastVideoChat LogToolkit

Update on Federal COVID-19 Response and Stimulus, with U.S. Senator Gary Peters – April 1, 2020

Monday Morning Live Webinar – March 30, 2020

Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order & What it Means for Your Community – March 27, 2020
PowerPointPodcastVideoChat LogQ&A

COVID-19 Crisis Communication: How to Make Your Messages Hit Home (National League of Cities) – March 27, 2020

Facebook for Community Communication – March 25, 2020
PowerPointPodcastVideo –  Chat LogAdditional resources provided by presenter Rachel Holland

Crisis Communications – March 24, 2020

Deep-Dive Demo in Setting Up Remote-Access Meetings – March 23, 2020
PowerPointVideoPodcastChat logQ&A

Virtual Meetings Executive Order – March 20, 2020
PowerPoint presentationAnswers on Relay/Captioning ServicesVideoPodcastFull Chat LogQ&A LogAvoiding Zoombombing

Coronavirus Webinar – March 16, 2020
Concerned about how to respond to coronoavirus (COVID-19) if it spreads to your community? Tune in to this interactive conversation on the latest developments with Elizabeth Hertel, senior chief deputy director for administration for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Listen to podcast.

Viruses Don’t Discriminate and Neither Should We

Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of coronavirus disease, are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma toward people, places, or things. You can reduce stigma if you:

  • Rely on and share trusted sources of information
  • Speak up if you hear, see or read misinformation
  • Show support for impacted individuals and communities

More information on social stigma>