City of Berkley COVID-19 Mitigation & Preparedness Strategy Update - March 16, 2020

Latest Michigan Updates regarding COVID-19:
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order today (Monday, March 16, 2020) that will temporarily shut down bars and restaurants to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19

The closure impacts restaurants, cafes, coffee houses, bars, taverns, brewpubs, distilleries, clubs, movie theaters, indoor and outdoor performance venues, gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, spas, and casinos.    

How we as a City are responding to COVID-19:
In order to ensure the full health and protection of the community, we have decided to close City Hall and the Public Works Department to the public starting TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. As a reminder, the Library and Community Center are already closed to the public. 
Following these closures, the City would like to let our residents and community members know:
  • Public Safety will remain open, however, we encourage the community to call ahead before physically visiting at 248-658-3380
  • Residents and community members are able to pay their water bills and other utilities online or at our secure dropbox located at City Hall (3338 Coolidge Hwy). To learn more about how to pay online, head to our Treasury page on our website. If you have additional questions, you can reach the Treasury Department at
  • All public meetings are canceled (e.g. City Council, Planning Commission, ZBA, and all advisory boards/commission) until the end of March. At this time, we are currently working on virtual solutions and recordings for our public meetings. Please stay tuned for more details. 
  • Community Development will still be processing permits. These can be mailed or placed within the dropbox at City Hall. Inspections being done on new construction or exterior buildings will continue; Inside occupied structures will be postponed until further notice. 
  • Code Enforcement will continue but at a limited capacity for the safety of the employees. 
  • For any inquiries related to the Clerk's Office, please contact them at
  • Those who have registered for a Parks & Recreation program, event, or activity that is taking place this month will automatically receive a refund. Please call Parks & Rec at 248-658-3470 with any questions. 
  • The Library has asked its patrons to hold onto items they have checked out and return them after the Library opens. Overdue fees will be waived for overdue items.
  • We are no longer offering Senior busing transportation as an option due to the risk of exposure to our drivers and the residents. 
Lastly, City staff have increases protective measures when handling monetary materials and disinfecting common workspaces hourly during business hours. 
These protective measures will be re-evaluated at the beginning of April and as more information comes in. Please know we are following the protocol and recommendations from Oakland County and the State as taking the situation one week at a time.

Other Resources:

If seniors or at-risk residents are in need of further food assistance, we recommend Area Agency on Aging: or Meals on Wheels:

Additionally, Oakland County Help Hotline is also available at 248-858-1000. They can aid in addressing the non-health needs such as food or housing assistance.

Berkley School District announced that they have partnered with Aramark to provide food assistance to those families in need. As of today, they will be distributing two meals a day (breakfast and lunch) for any child under 18 in our community. You can learn more on their website here

Follow Us to Stay up-to-date with the City: 
Visit our website to learn how to protect yourself and others. As a reminder, practice social distancing methods, wash your hands, and if you feel sick, stay home

Be sure to follow us via social media, the city website, and our email notification system as we will be sharing through those channels as more information is provided. 

Additionally, information from Oakland County Health Department is updated on their website as it becomes available. The Oakland County Nurse on Call is also available at 800-848-5533, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM or you can email


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