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).
The MDHHS has placed an Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 which replaces and combines previous COVID-19 executive orders placed by Gov. Whitmer. This order provides information on gathering limitations and masks for the State. Due to this emergency order, City of EGR operations have not substantially changed. We continue to follow the guidance of our local and state authorities.
On Friday, Oct. 2, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Gov. Whitmer did not have the authority to extend the State of Emergency beyond April 30 without the approval from the State Legislature. It also ruled Executive Orders issued under the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act were unconstitutional. Gov. Whitmer's extension of the State of Emergency and the executive orders will expire on Oct. 23.
The City of East Grand Rapids will continue to follow rules and regulations currently in place for operations and programming including providing virtual City Commission meeting participation opportunities.
When further details are provided by the State, we will update you here.
In accordance with the MI Safe Start Plan and Executive Order 2020-110, City facilities will be open for regular business hours starting Monday, June 8. Access to facilities will be limited to lobby areas for service at front counters. Masks are required while visiting our facilities. The City encourages the continued use of the 24/7 dropbox for payments and to utilize online payment options as well as our online service request option. You can read the executive order in full at Michigan.gov. The EGR Branch of the Kent District Library is not open for business at this time.
City of EGR Reopening Plan
PUBLIC PARK RESTROOMSEGR public park restrooms have been reopened to the public. Note that these facilities are cleaned once a day and each individual is responsible for using them safely. We ask the community to help us keep these restrooms clean as while the Stay Home order has been lifted, COVID-19 has not been eradicated.
Following the direction of the Kent County Health Department, East Grand Rapids playgrounds have been officially reopened to the public. Please note, however, that our playgrounds and recreational facilities are NOT sanitized. We ask all those who make use of the playgrounds and facilities to:
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
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Other items of note for the foreseeable future relating to COVID-19:
Thank you for your patience as we allow all applicable executive orders medical guidance to continue to 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: