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Mobile Food Distribution for Youth | March 26
Starting March 27th, Hazel Park Recreation Department in partnership with YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and the Michigan Department of Education to provide healthy meals to youth up to 18 and young adults with special needs up to age 26 at the Hazel Park Community center parking lot.
Parents and youth may pick up to 4 days worth of meals per child Monday, Wednesday and Friday 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Children do not have to be present on site for parents to take meals for them.
- We are going on the honor system when they tell us they have a child, 18 years or younger, that they will be taking the meals to.
- We can serve Breakfast and Lunch at the same time.
- Parents/Children can take up to 4 days worth of meals.
- Children do not have to eat their meals on site.
- All meals will be grab and go.
*Meals can be served directly from the delivery truck so families do not enter the Community Center*
Business Grants, Loans, Information and Other Inquires / UPDATED | MARCH 25
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation will be providing loans and grants to businesses affected by certain Executive Orders issued by the Governor Whitmer. Here is a link to information on the upcoming grants and loans. They are anticipating starting the program on April 1, 2020. More information on these programs shall be forthcoming. Oakland County provides a great COVID-19 link for businesses looking for national, state and local resources. The site contains information on the US Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program as well. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions.
If there are employees that need to file unemployment claims, please file online on at www.michigan.gov/UIA. Please try and file early in the morning or later in the evening. You may call 1-866-500-0017 to file claim by phone, but you will have a lengthy wait. If you are a business struggling to keep your employees, the state has a program available where you can cut hours and the employee will receive partial unemployment. Get more information here.
There are companies hiring. Please visit mitalent.org.
Businesses that would like to check if they're considered "essential businesses" under Governor Whitmer's order and want to know if they can remain open can call the State of Michigan at (517) 512-4197. You can visit this the following link to review the order along with frequently asked questions that provide guidance.
Updates from our Departments | March 24
- Until further notice, please consider all playground equipment at city parks closed, and off limits until further notice. This is being done to stop the spread of COVID-19. Our parks remain open, but please avoid contact with the playground equipment.
- Reminder Yard Waste pick up starts March 30th. GFL will continue to pick up garbage and recycling on your scheduled day. If you have any issues call GFL 866 772-8900.
- BUNNY BRUNCH CANCELLED: Due to the risk of the Coronavirus, this year's annual Bunny Brunch will be cancelled.
- YOUTH SPRING SOCCER: The Youth Spring Soccer season has been cancelled due to the risk of the Coronavirus. All registrants will receive a refund in the form of a check mailed to their home address.
- Donations of N95 medical masks can be dropped off at the Hazel Park Fire Department at 22830 Russell Ave. The masks must be placed in the outside container located in front of the Fire Department. The masks will be provided to local hospitals and first responders.
Carry-Out Options in Hazel Park | March 24
Support our local independent restaurants by ordering takeout. These are the businesses currently open and accepting takeout orders here in Hazel Park. Some are also available via food delivery apps like Grubhub or DoorDash as well.
Also available is Matt and Mo's Italian Beef, which is working out of Doug's Delight. They can be reached for curbside pick-up at (248) 307-7970.
If you are concerned about the correlation between COVID-19 and carry-out, please see the helpful SCIENCE-BASED information from NC State University listed below. There is no current indication that takeout or drive-thru meals will increase illness.
Extended Closure of Hazel Park | March 23
Due to the increasing spread of COVID-19, and new guidelines from the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the City of Hazel Park will be extending its closure to the public effective March 24th, 2020 until April 13th, 2020. The same rules as mentioned on March 17th still apply.
The City of Hazel Park is now working on LIMITED hours, so please expect delays on responses to any comments, questions, or concerns that you may have.
*Please note that for Code and Building, there will be no rental inspections during this time, and that there are new rules for the 43rd District Court*
Closure of City of Hazel Park | March 17th
Due to the increasing spread of COVID-19, and new guidelines from the County, State, and Federal levels, the City of Hazel Park will be closed to the public effective March 18th, 2020 until April 1st, 2020.
Effective immediately, the following changes will be implemented:
- ALL DEPARTMENTS: All Departments within City Hall shall not have their windows open to the public but shall be open to receiving calls and emails from the public as necessary.
- WATER DEPARTMENT: All shut offs are currently postponed, but the public will be responsible for any water they use during this time. If a resident has their water turned off, please have them call the Water Department at 248-546-4076 to get it turned back on. No cash payments will be accepted during this time for a water bill. Water bills are to be paid either online, by check, or by Money Order during this time period. These can be dropped off in the drop-off box located outside the doors of City Hall.
- BUILDING DEPARTMENT: All inspections moving forward are postponed. If a resident and/or business owner needs a permit processed, they may drop it off in our drop-off box outside of City Hall.
- POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT: Parking Enforcement will be suspended during this time period.
- DPW: The doors of DPW shall remain locked to the public during this time but the Department will be open to receiving calls and emails from the public as necessary.
- 43RD DISTRICT COURT: The Court shall remain open to the public for the foreseeable future. They are currently working on shifting their dockets and schedule around to accommodate the new guidelines from the County, State, and Federal levels.
Declaration of Emergency | March 16th
A Declaration of Emergency was announced today, March 16th, 2020, by Mayor Mike Webb due to the public health crisis created by COVID-19. This may allow the City of Hazel Park, its residents, and business owners to be eligible for state and federal assistance.
The City of Hazel Park is NOT imposing any additional restrictions over and above what has already been announced by Federal, State, and County Officials.
As Mayor Webb states, “While this is a time for concern, this is absolutely not a time for panic. [...] The actions we take today will saves lives tomorrow.”
We appreciate your patience during this time and will keep all of you updated on further decisions.
Hazel Park Recreation Department Updates | March 16th
- COMMUNITY CENTER CLOSURE: The Hazel Park Community Center will be closed for two weeks and will re-open March 30th.The Department is currently making calls to program registrants and those who have made Community Center reservations during this time. All evening activities will be canceled. All private reservations in the Community Center during this period will be rescheduled or fully refunded, whichever is preferred.
- VIKING ICE ARENA CLOSURE: All operations at the Viking Ice Arena will be suspended for two weeks. The arena will re-open on March 30th, unless otherwise stated
- MOTHER-SON DANCE POSTPONED: Will be rescheduled for May 9th, 2020.
- PILATES CANCELLATION: Pilates classes held at the Hazel Park Community Center will be cancelled for one month. At that point, the instructor will reassess the risk and determine whether to resume the program.
- TAI CHI CANCELLATION: The TAI Chi Society TAI Chi classes held at the Hazel Park Community Center have been cancelled for the remainder of the month. After that point, the group will reassess and determine when to go back to normal programming.
- BASKETBALL SEASON CANCELLATION: Due to the cancellations of activities at the school districts (Hazel Park, Ferndale, Oak Park) the Hazel Park Recreation Department's basketball league plays at, the remainder of the basketball season has been cancelled.
- ROSEBUD BALLET CANCELLATION: Rosebud Ballet will be canceled for the remainder of the season.
- SENIOR ACTIVITIES CANCELLED: In response to the risk of the COVID-19, Hazel Park Recreation Department will stop serving the congregate meal program held at the Community Center and will also suspend all Senior programs held in the evening at the Community Center for one month. After that point, the Department will reassess the risk and determine whether to resume activities.
- SENIOR TRANSPORTATION WILL CONTINUE-- Hazel Park Recreation will continue to deliver homebound meals on behalf of Oakland Meals on Wheels. Additionally, medical appointments and grocery store appointments will continue, as scheduled.
Hazel Park Library Updates Regarding COVID-19 | March 12th
General Information Regarding COVID-19 | March 12th
We understand that there is a lot of confusion surrounding this outbreak. Therefore, using the information provided by Oakland County Health Division and other resources, we wanted to help clear up some of this confusion:
- What is the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
- A disease caused by a new respiratory virus named SARS-CoV-2.
- How do you know if you have the virus?
- People with the disease have reported they would have mild to severe respiratory illness 2 to 14 days after the exposure. Other symptoms include a fever, cough, and or shortness of breath.
- How is the COVID-19 spread?
- It is thought to be mainly spread by person to person contact. This could include close contact with an infected person within 6 feet, through respiratory drops when a person who is infected coughs, or by possibly touching a surface or object that has the virus on it.
- Who is at risk for COVID-19 infection?
- It is know as of now that those at a higher risk include older adults, people with chronic medical conditions, the homeless, pregnant women, and (possibly) children.
- How can you protect yourself from the Coronavirus Disease?
- Stay home when sick.
- Washing your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough/sneeze in your upper sleeve. Immediately throw away used tissues in the trash, then wash hands.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils with others.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, and countertops.
- Practice good health habits. This includes getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious food.
- In case of an emergency, it is recommended that you be prepared with the following supplies:
- Maintain a two-week supply of water and food at home
- Routinely check your regular prescription drugs to ensure that you won’t run out
- Keep non-prescription drugs and other health supplies on hand
- Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records
- Talk with family members about how they would be cared for if they got sick and what would be needed to care for them in your home
Thank you for your patience during this time. Again, please remember to wash your hands, limit touching your face, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, don't panic, and as always…be safe.
Stop the Spread | March 10th