CITY OF GROSSE POINTE REOPENING PLAN

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE REOPENING PLAN

Grosse Pointe City Hall reopened Monday, June 15, with COVID-19 precautions in place.  The City requests that if you can conduct your City business online, by mail or email or phone, please continue to do so.  There is a newly installed drop box at the entrance to City Hall to use to simply and easily drop off payments, absentee ballots, or other documents and applications without having to go inside.   When you do go inside, please be aware there is a seven person visitor limit.  Visitors and City staff must maintain 6 foot distances and wear masks.  Counter shields and other protective measures are in place.  If you need to meet with a staff person, please make an appointment in advance. Thank you for your cooperation in trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The full City Hall reopening plans is stated below:

 As of Monday, June 15, City Hall will reopen with a maximum visitor capacity of seven.  This limitation is intended to ensure social distancing requirement are met.

The Grosse Pointe City Hall has implemented physical changes that are intended to comply with recommended COVID-19 precautions including:

  • A new drop box in front of the City Hall entryway is for people to use who are just dropping off payments, absentee ballots or documents 
  • COVID-19 precautions signage
  • Social distancing stickers on the floor for visitors
  • Stanchions in place to separate visitors
  • Chairs have been removed from lobby
  • Hand sanitizing dispensers installed at entrance/exit and conference room
  • Dividers placed between staff desks and guards on counters. 

There will be COVID-19 procedural precautions in place including:

  • Employees will be wearing City provided masks (and gloves depending on the task)
  • Visitors must also wear masks (their own or masks are provided in the vestibule; if needed)
  • Breaks and lunches will be staggered
  • Shared equipment will be avoided or eliminated wherever possible
  • Cleaning and sanitizing of shared and frequently used equipment and workspaces between uses such as the copier and cash register
  • Employees and visitors will follow proper sanitizing practices such as hand washing and maintenance of six foot social distancing
  • Bathroom cleaning has been increased to daily  
  • Packages and deliveries will be left in in the vestibule
  • There will be no people except staff and City contractors behind the public counters at City Hall
  • Meetings will only occur in the conference room, and in advance, by appointment only.  Employees will continue to use electronic meetings whenever possible  
  • City staff will use the non-public side entrances to maintain social distancing
  • Individuals who can work from home are still encouraged to do so with the permission of the City Manager
  • Employees are required to do a self health check every day before coming in to work, and are instructed not come in to work if not feeling well.  All employees must complete COVID-19 testing before returning to work from furlough or working from home 

 
The Parks and Recreation office at Neff Park will remain closed to allow it to be used solely for social distancing of staff including lifeguards for the pool when it opens at or near the beginning of July.  On the City website, there is a schedule of days that park pass appointments are being taken for outside the park office.  The pool will open for public use with a time reservation system, and a maximum capacity of 100.   Residents may register for one swim session per day up to 7 days in advance. Each individual that is going to be in attendance will need to register. Reservations can be made online by Clicking Here, or by calling the Parks and Recreation Office. Open swim times will be listed under the "Family Programs" tab.   The pool will open without indoor locker rooms. Showers will be available on the pool deck.  The diving boards and baby pool will be closed.  People will need to bring their own deck chairs. People will check in and exit on at the exterior gates on either side of the bathhouse.  Public restrooms at Neff Park are open and sanitized hourly with full clean at the end of each day.  The Neff Park playground is open but six foot social distance should be maintained and caution exercised in its use as the equipment is not sanitized.

The Public Safety building remains open at the front lobby at 17145 Maumee Avenue.  The Grosse Pointe Municipal Court also opened to the public on June 15, 2020 at City Hall, following rules reviewed and approved by the State Supreme Court.  The court will resume the first physical court session at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Maumee Avenue, across from City Hall, on June 18, 2020. Court sessions will still be conducted as much as possible via teleconference.

If an active employee is identified with a confirmed case of COVID-19, the City will immediately notify the local public health department, and within 24 hours, notify any co-workers, contractors, or suppliers who may have come into contact with the person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. The City will send employees in the affected areas home and temporarily close to allow for immediate deep cleaning by an outside firm if an employee is found to have contracted COVID-19

 The City will allow employees with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 to return to the workplace only after they are no longer infectious according to the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and they are released from any quarantine or isolation by the local public health department.

The City will be following guidance and requirements from the CDC and the State of Michigan to try to maintain as safe of a workplace as possible.  If you have any questions about these precautions, or have any suggestions or issues with the adequacy of proposed safety measures, those issues or concerns should be reported to the City Manager.  The directors of the respective departments (Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Public Safety, Court and Finance) will be responsible for the supervision of these protocols within their departments.