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Posted on: June 3, 2020

Rochester Hills Takes Action to Support Small Business

On the day Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the upcoming reopening of shops and restaurants, the Rochester Hills City Council approved new resolutions to provide temporary relief to businesses due to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Thanks to feedback from local business leaders, these new resolutions are aimed to help businesses get back up and running as soon as possible. The resolutions create a new permit process that will allow for expanded outdoor operations, new temporary sign standards, and expanded options to provide for outdoor seating.

Under these new changes, food, and drink establishments may temporarily add or expand an outdoor dining area with seating up to 75% of their current lawful interior seating capacity. Temporary new or expanded areas shall be designed and laid out to meet applicable social distancing guidelines.  Retailers and other commercial businesses will also be able to expand some of their operations outdoors.  Rochester Hills businesses interested in taking advantage of this new program can learn more at www.rochesterhills.org  

“Unusual circumstances,  like the COVID -19 pandemic, require cities to think creatively and take bold action to support the local businesses who have always supported our community” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “I am proud of the steps the Rochester Hills City Council has taken to help our local business be successful in this new environment.”

Starting Friday, Rochester Hills will be offering curbside pickup for ReOpen Kits. These kits are available for small business owners, nonprofits and faith-based leaders with materials and guidelines to help resume activities safely in this new environment caused by the pandemic. The number of kits is limited thus interested groups must fill out the form at https://forms.oakgov.com/151 to schedule a pickup.

“While COVID-19 has brought much disruption to our business community and threats to our competitiveness, it has also brought new opportunities as well,” states Economic Manager Pamela Valentik. “As we move forward, we will continue to promote local and help them support their workforce needs.”
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