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Posted on: March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Response and Resources

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It’s important to stay informed on COVID-19 by the experts. The City of East Grand Rapids will follow the direction of the Kent County Health Department and the State of Michigan. We encourage everyone to educate themselves on the virus and how to protect you and your family from these non-biased and reliable resources. The KCHD provides helpful and accurate information including videos, tips and answers to FAQs, as well as helpful links to the CDC and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The MDHHS has also set up a hotline for citizens with questions at 888-535-6136 (8 am to 5 pm daily).


May 7, 2020. Governor Whitmer Continues Suspension of Activities Not Necessary to Sustain or Protect Life.  Stay Home. Stay Safe.

Executive Order 2020-77; Effective 5/7/2020 through 5/28/2020. Read full text here.


In accordance with Governor Whitmer’s extended“Stay Home. Stay Safe” Executive Order issued 5/7/20, we want to make you aware of the following:

  • The Public Safety Department and Public works Department are still at full staffing and taking precautions as directed by their job duties. As always, dial 9-1-1 if you have a police, fire or medical emergency, or if you need immediate assistance due to a water or sewer emergency. Call 949-7010 for non-emergency requests.
  • All other offices are either closed or being staffed with the minimum of staff necessary to conduct crucial operations. In some cases, staff are working from home or reporting only periodically to maintain operations. Please contact us at 949.2110 and leave a message for staff if you reach our voicemail. Someone will return your call as staffing levels allow.
  • We are no longer taking appointments for individual assistance for paperwork or permits. All city offices and facilities are closed to the public.
  • We encourage residents to use our 24/7 dropbox at our main entrance and to use online systems and payments where possible. Most city payments can be made online at https://www.eastgr.org/274/Pay-For.
  • City and School playgrounds are closed until further notice according to guidance from the Kent County Health Department.
  • The City will not issue permits for block parties until medium to large gatherings are permitted by state guidelines.
  • East Grand Rapids parks and outdoor athletic facilities remain open at this time; however, citizens must adhere to the Governor’s Executive Orders as well as maintain social distancing of six feet or more and other guidance to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If we see gatherings and contact sports at athletic fields, we may be forced to close all public spaces.  Please talk with your middle school and high school students about the need to maintain proper distance and to not gather in groups. You can also set a good example for them by modeling all of these practices yourselves.
  • Follow us on Facebook for up-to-date info: https://www.facebook.com/cityofegr/.
  • We requesting that our citizens follow the governors executive order. Violating the order is a misdemeanor offense. Anyone can report violations to the Michigan Attorney General Consumer Complaint Hotline at (877) 765-8388 or online at Michigan.gov/agcomplaints.
  • The Kent County Sheriff’s Office handles our dispatching operations. They request that you do not call 9-1-1 to report potential violations so that dispatchers can focus on emergency situations. Please review the information available online at https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf and https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98737---,00.html before calling in a potential violation to 632-6357 (non-emergency number).

Thank you for your patience as we allow staff to stay home with their families to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.


For a list of virtual resources to help you stay active while spending time at home, Parks & Recreation has created an ongoing list of offerings for you.

If you need assistance, see the following links:

     Resources for Residents:   https://www.accesskent.com/Health/covid-19-resources.htm 

     Resources for Businesses & Employers: https://www.accesskent.com/Health/covid-19-resources-businesses.htm  or https://www.rightplace.org/ 


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CITY BUILDINGS CLOSED TO WALK-IN TRAFFIC UNTIL MAY 29 TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19/CORONA VIRUS.


The Community Center, Public Safety lobby and the Public Works Complex are closed to the public.

Staff members are reporting to work and are available to answer your questions via phone and email. We ask that you use our 24/7 dropbox for payments and to utilize online payment options and our service request portal for routine items.

For assistance, please call:

Finance Department       949.2110 (main switchboard)

           Most city payments can be made online at https://www.eastgr.org/274/Pay-For.

Public Works Garage       940.4870

Public Works Admin        940.4817

Parks & Recreation          949.1750

Public Safety Dept.          949.7010

Library Branch                 784-2007


Information on most programs/services can be found at www.eastgr.org. 

Follow us on Facebook for up-to-date info: https://www.facebook.com/cityofegr/



CANCELLATIONS/CLOSURES:

March 16 -- City Commission meeting AGENDA REVISED TO REMOVE PUBLIC HEARINGS - consent agenda approvals only.     

March 16- April 13 --  All Parks & Recreation programs and pools will be cancelled and/or closed per the Governor’s executive order until May 29.
     We will provide updated information as it becomes available.

March 21  --  Spectrum Health Irish Jig - CANCELLED

March 24 -- ALL CITY BUILDINGS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, ONLY ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ARE WORKING.

March 27 - All City and School District playgrounds will be closed until further notice as recommended by the Kent County Health Department.

April 13 - SPRING SEASON RECREATION PROGRAMS CANCELLED    Parks & Recreation Department has made the difficult decision to cancel our session of spring programs, aquatic activities and league sports. We are hopeful the current “stay at home” (Executive Order 2020-59 COVID-19) will be lifted soon, and we will be able to commence with our summer session of programs and activities. Stay safe and healthy! 

April 18 -- Sweetheart Dance is CANCELLED for 2020

April 30 -- Public Safety Community Engagement Session CANCELLED

June 20-- Reeds Lake Art Festival CANCELLED

June 27 -- Reeds Lake Run CANCELLED

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