Twelve Oaks Mall is opening today for the first time since late March. There will be some noticeable changes which include no seating in the food court and maybe one-third of the stores being ready for customers. Shoppers will also be told to wear masks while inside the mall. A pertinent question however, is who will enforce having customers wear masks? Governor Whitmer has ordered people to wear face coverings while inside retail shops, however the order still comes without criminal penalty. Essentially it will be up to the retailer by simply refusing service. There will be plenty of signs and reminders posted throughout the mall. There has however been a lot of push-back from some customers about having to wear masks inside shops, and this could lead to unwelcome friction between store employees and potential shoppers.
Fraud concerns are keeping Michiganders from getting their badly needed benefits. Alerts are being sent out due to the threat of fraudulent activity. For example, resident of Houston Texas Sandy Hurt, reported that she started receiving benefits from Michigan which she never requested. The UIA is saying that the fraud threat is causing issues for some people who are still trying to file and collect unemployment claims. Some accounts have been put on hold as investigations get underway.
Early numbers released by the state on Wednesday (5/27) show there have been at least 1,216 COVID-19 related deaths and 4,920 cases of infection associated with nursing homes. These numbers are expected to grow as state officials pointed out that only 87% of nursing homes across the state have reported in. This is the first time that state officials have provided a cumulative coronavirus case count for nursing homes. Please click here to read more.
Michigan State University is planning on having students return in the fall amid the coronavirus. According to MSU President, Samuel Stanley, classes will begin September 2 and continue on campus through November 25. However after Thanksgiving break the last three weeks of classes and semester exams will be online, as the university tries to brace for the possibility of a second COVID-19 wave. What college life will look like however, is yet to be determined. No solid words as of yet about sports teams. The University of Michigan has yet to announce fall plans for its campuses.
Over two dozen cosmetology salons, spas, and barber shop owners and workers representing over 350 facilities across Michigan delivered a letter to Governor Whitmer with an 8-step plan urging her to reopen their businesses. The Safe Salons for MI Coalition worked with officials from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to create the reopening plan. Please click here to view the proposed steps.
Governor Whitmer has announced a partnership with University of Michigan and the state to develop the MIstartmap.info dashboard to help Michiganders monitor regions across the state for COVID-19 indicators. These regions were laid out by Governor Whitmer according to her 6-phase plan for reopening the economy on a regional basis. Check out yours or other Michigan regions today!
West Bloomfield Township has opened their doors for employees to come back to work on a department basis. Employees are required to wear masks in open areas, and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Temps are taken daily, and work stations must be regularly sanitized. They are planning on opening doors for residents by mid June, or by stages. More details on possible restrictions, procedures, and appointment visits for residents will be released as we get closer to June 12.
Visit the Oakland County website to view updated numbers on how your area has been affected by COVID-19. You can search the interactive map by clicking on your location, or typing in your zip code. Recent data shows a total of 8,260 cases in the county, and 961 deaths.