Guidance for Businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are writing to provide guidance related to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce has been working closely with our community partners to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 within our region. The following links will take you to the current guidance available for businesses from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the state of Michigan, and the Berrien County Health Department: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Michigan.gov 

BerrienCounty.org

Several aspects of this illness pose challenges. First, there is no vaccine available and thus no immunity to this strain in the community. Secondly, the initial symptoms can resemble many other respiratory illnesses which are common at this time of year. Therefore, in order to mitigate the spread of this virus, the focus must be on prevention and containment.

The Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce would like to encourage all area businesses to devote heightened attention to hand hygiene and environmental cleaning protocols. Recommended measures that you might want to consider implementing include making hand sanitizer, disposable wipes, and no-touch disposal receptacles available and accessible; and, changing the seating/waiting/greeting "architecture", wherever the public might congregate, to allow for six feet of social distancing. 

If you or one of your team members are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, schedule a free health screening through Spectrum Health by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (616) 391-2380. (If you are experiencing severe or life-threatening symptoms, please call 911.)

 

MI Safe Start: Re-Opening & Re-Engaging Safely

Business Resource Kit

Financial Support Resources for Businesses

Greater Niles Chamber Emergency Relief Program

Printable Resources Regarding the Coronavirus

Press Releases and State Notices

 

Additional Expert Resources on the Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State of Michigan

Berrien County Health Department

Spectrum Health

World Health Organization

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

 

If you would like to submit further information, press releases, or additional resources for the benefit of the greater Niles community, please email the Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce at info@greaternileschamber.com.