COVID-19 Business Toolkit
Updated March 27, 2020 - The situation with COVID-19 continues to change rapidly and Destination Ann Arbor remains fluid in our response. During this incredibly difficult time, we are focused on providing information and sharing resources to help businesses navigate the challenges brought about by this crisis.
Order to screen essential workers during COVID-19 issued by Washtenaw County Health Department
- MLive, March, 26, 2020
Washtenaw Health Department Releases Tips for Managing Coronavirus in the Workplace
- Washtenaw.org, March, 26, 2020
Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Expansions in Unemployment Eligibility and Cost-Sharing
- Michigan.gov, March 25, 2020
Local and State Resources
There are organizations within Michigan, and specifically Washtenaw County, that have resources in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 and assist businesses that are hurting due to restrictions that have been put in place.
Hospitality Industry Resources
AHLA Hotel Lease Volunteer Form Officials are seeking hoteliers who are willing to enter into temporary leases for certain types of lodging properties at this time.
Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker Letters According to the new Executive Order, restaurants and hotels are considered essential services during the shelter-in-place. The MRLA is providing you with Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker letter templates for you and your employees to carry with you while traveling to and from work.
These national resources have put together guides and tools specifically for businesses in the hospitality industry and small business owners.
How Local Businesses are Adapting
Ann Arbor hospitality community helps its own stay afloat during closures - MLive, March, 27, 2020
Underground Printing launches Ann Arbor Hospitality Fundraiser to support local businesses
- All About Ann Arbor, March 20, 2020
Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti restaurants offer takeout amid state-ordered closures
- MLive, March 18, 2020
Washtenaw’s Food Network Provides Resilience During Times Of Crisis
- WEMU, March 18, 2020
Setting Up An Online Store
Ann Arbor firm offers free online ordering help for restaurants - Zach Beeson of Bright Lights, a social media marketing company at 210 W Stadium Blvd. in Ann Arbor, aims to help local restaurants establish online ordering systems for carryout and delivery at no charge.
Shopify.com - Shopify is an easy-to-use web platform to sell products to anyone, anywhere—online with an e-commerce store, online marketplaces, and social media.
What is Destination Ann Arbor doing?
- We’re serving as conduits of information from local, county and state officials and keeping our stakeholders informed as this situation evolves.
- We’re encouraging residents and visitors to adhere to the requirements and recommendations of local and state officials, the CDC, and their health care providers.
- We’re working with industry professionals to continue actively marketing our destination while being cognizant of our changing conditions.
- We’re encouraging our residents and visitors alike to support and patronize our local Ann Arbor area businesses in ways that comply with recommendations from local and state health officials, the CDC, and their health care providers.
- We’re helping the media and the public understand the adverse effects that this situation will have on our visitor economy and how residents and visitors can help to minimize the impact to our local small businesses and hospitality community.
- We’re actively working with legislators on behalf of our local hospitality industry to advocate for assistance and relief for businesses impacted by this crisis.