LANSING, Mich. – A group of job creators in Michigan, including the CEO’s of several Chambers of Commerce, including the state chamber, formed a new coalition to press Governor Whitmer to reopen office jobs safely.
In anticipation of the April 14th expiration of Michigan Occupational Safety and Administration (MIOSHA) emergency rules that prohibit the reopening of business office spaces, the Reopen Michigan Safely coalition today called on Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to allow job creators and employees across all industries to work together toward reopening safely.
The coalition was created by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Traverse Connect, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce and Southern Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.
“It is time to safely reopen Michigan for business,” said Michigan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rich Studley. “With the widespread distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and a substantial decrease in COVID caseloads, it is time for state government to be more proactive about saving jobs and allowing businesses to reopen. Given everything we have learned over the last year, it is time to let job creators and employees put that information to work and safely reopen our offices and other businesses.”
“Our downtown business districts depend on the patronage of thousands of office workers who work in our city centers every day,” said Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tim Daman. “Without them, city buildings and parking structures remain deserted and restaurants, coffee houses and shops remain closed or on the brink of bankruptcy. It is time to allow the option of reopening offices and other businesses safely.”
“Northern Michigan runs on small businesses in diverse industries, and all play an integral role in our economic recovery. Every kind of business, from retail to office, should have the ability to open and operate with the proper safety protocol in place,” said Warren Call, president & CEO of Traverse Connect.
The Reopen Michigan Safely coalition can be found online at www.ReopenMichiganSafely.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/reopenmichigansafely and Twitter at @ReopenMISafely.