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Rochester Hills City Hall Reopens: New Safety Features to Keep Public Safe
Office of Bryan K. Barnett, Mayor
Rochester Hills Press Release - June 9, 2020

Rochester Hills, MI – The City of Rochester Hills will now be open to the public starting Monday, June 15, 2020.
Residents will still be encouraged to conduct city business at and to utilize the drop boxes located outside City Hall, but staff will be available to assist individuals who prefer to conduct business in person.

To ensure the safety of both residents and employees, the city has implemented a number of new features to help prevent the spread of COVID -19. All employees will be required to complete screening procedures before coming into work.

Face Masks, hand sanitizer stations, and single use pens will be available to all visitors that come to City Hall. Floor markings to clearly mark social distancing spacing for guests while waiting in line have also been installed. We are also performing regular cleaning and disinfecting of all restrooms, counters and commonly used surfaces.

Face masks will be required for all visitors who come into City Hall. If a visitor does not have one, a complimentary mask will be provided. Waste receptacles for gloves and face masks will be provided near the exit.

In compliance with Executive Orders 2020-21 and 2020-75 issued by Governor Whitmer, the City Council regular meeting will be made available via video conference to limit the potential exposure of the public and staff to the COVID-19 virus. Council meetings are currently scheduled to take place virtually until the end of June. As always, residents will be able to view our City Council meetings online at or via RHTV.

“As Mayor, my time is now completely focused on how Rochester Hills can best prevent the spread, keep our local economy strong, and ensure the best services for our residents,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “We will continue to look for new ways to collaborate, innovate, and advocate to ensure that we remain the preeminent place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order

Governor directs all non-critical businesses to temporarily close, all Michiganders to stay home or six feet away from others during COVID-19 crisis
March 23, 2019 

LANSING, Mich. - Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.

Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.

Executive Order 2020-21 prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Businesses and operations are to designate the workers that meet those criteria, and must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons in the performance of that necessary in-person work.

Workers that are necessary to sustain or protect life include those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, grocery store workers, and more. For a full list of these critical infrastructure workers, click the link to Executive Order 2020-21 at the bottom of this page.

Additionally, under Executive Order 2020-21, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons outside a single household are temporarily prohibited. People may leave the house to perform for limited, necessary purposes, and may engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside a person’s household and with other restrictions imposed by prior executive orders.

Michigan is currently in the top five states in the nation in number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Several governors across the country have taken similar steps to protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19, including governors Mike DeWine (R-OH), Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), J.B. Pritzker (D-IL), Tom Wolf (D-PA), Gavin Newsom (D-CA), John Bel Edwards (D-LA), Phil Murphy (D-NJ), and Ned Lamont (D-CT).

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is:
  • If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at and

For those who have questions about the state’s actions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8AM - 5PM daily.

Michiganders can apply for unemployment benefits if they have left work or taken a leave of absence because of self-isolation or self-quarantine in response to elevated risk from COVID-19 due to being immunocompromised, displaying the symptoms of COVID-19, having contact in the last 14 days with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, the need to care for someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or a family care responsibility as a result of a government directive. Those temporarily laid off from work should apply for unemployment benefits online at or 1-866-500-0017.

Governor Whitmer is working to ensure that children who rely on the food provided by schools will have the resources they need. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has developed an online map for families to find meals. Families can access the map at:

On March 19, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the governor’s request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the opportunity to small businesses to access low-interest loans from the SBA. The application for disaster loan assistance is available at For businesses looking for more information on how to apply for an SBA EIDL loan or whether it is something they should consider, visit

To view executive order 2020-21, visit

Rochester Hills Takes Precautionary Measures Against COVID-19:
Municipal Buildings Closed to Public, City Staff Available
Office of Bryan K. Barnett, Mayor
Rochester Hills Press Release - March 16, 2020

Rochester Hills, MI - The City of Rochester Hills’ first priority is always the health, safety, and welfare of residents, businesses, visitors and its team members.

Rochester Hills has proactively taken steps to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the city, including issuing a State of Emergency last week. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 the Rochester Hills City Hall, the Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Building, and the Rochester Hills Museum on Van Hoosen Farm will be closed to the public until March 31. The Mayor will provide an update on the City’s public hours and status beginning April 1, 2020 by the end of March.

To minimize the public’s and our employees’ exposure to the coronavirus, all Parks & Museum classes and programs are canceled or postponed effective March 16 through March 31. However, all city parks will remain open to the public during this time.

Community members can still conduct city business online, via phone and through the City’s drop box in front of City Hall. Residents are encouraged to use the City’s website payment portal option for making payments and reporting concerns at

The Clerk's Office is suspending Passport Application Acceptance Services and Solicitation Licenses for 30 days, starting March 16 through April 15. All birth and death records can be applied for online at

Oakland County Sheriff's Office deputies, the Rochester Hills Fire Department and Rochester Hills Department of Public Services will continue to respond to calls. In the event of an emergency, continue to call 9-1-1.

City Council meetings will continue as scheduled. As always, residents will be able to view our City Council meetings online at or via RHTV. The City’s Planning Commission meeting scheduled for March 17 will also continue as scheduled. News about the City’s meetings and events will be available on

Please visit for more information, including a description of the symptoms of the virus and preventative measures residents can take to limit their exposure. The site also includes links to helpful county, state and federal resources. The coronavirus pandemic presents unprecedented challenges. We will continue to keep residents informed and will stay engaged in partnership with local, state and national leaders. 
Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the top places to live by several sources including CNNMoney magazine, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education, and technology; the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.

Press Release: 3/13/2020

Mayor Barnett Declares State of Emergency in Rochester Hills 

As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been the subject of much news and conversation in

Rochester Hills and around the world. It has impacted nearly every facet of our lives. The City has been
monitoring the spread of the virus for some time, preparing for a widespread outbreak. We remain
vigilant as we address the serious realities of this pandemic.

It's always best to have a plan, which is why I have initiated regular meetings on this subject with my
direct reports, established regular communication with employees and weekly calls with leadership in
local government and our health care and education communities. This in addition to regular contact
with the Governor’s office and with Oakland County.

I have also led several national conference calls on this subject, including with leaders of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A recent call with White House centered on the Administration’s
"all-of-America" approach to monitoring and managing the effect of this wide scale health concern. We
heard updates from the CDC, the Departments of Health & Human Services, Homeland Security,
Transportation, HUD, and Education, the Small Business Administration, and the Office of Management
and Budget. Suffice it to say, all hands are on deck. We'll continue to stay engaged nationally.

This national intelligence informs our local response, which is my primary focus and concern. It's
important to communicate and coordinate our efforts locally and regionally, particularly given the
dynamic and constantly evolving nature of this situation, which is reason for messages like this one. We
will continue this proactive engagement. Indeed, there has been some form of discussion about
coronavirus almost every hour, at any hour.

We’re practicing proven flu-prevention techniques at the City and I encourage you to do the same.
Regular hand-washing is imperative -- and please be mindful of your interaction with groups over 10
people. I would also encourage you to regularly disinfect the surfaces of your mobile devices and
commonly used surfaces. If employees are sick, we encourage them to stay home and we offer the same
important advice to members of our community.

We are constantly evaluating the status of meetings and events held at the City. Any schedule changes
will appear on our website,

For the very latest news and information about the coronavirus, we regularly use and recommend the
county, state and national resources listed below:

Remember:  The NUMBER ONE thing WE CAN ALL DO is WASH OUR HANDS several times a day. Thank you for making this a priority.


As always, our communication is intended to inform and not alarm. It's my desire to keep everyone in our community safe and healthy and I appreciate every resident and visitor to Rochester Hills doing their part during these unprecedented times.


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