Mayor Siver declares Coronavirus State of Emergency
All city public events and activities postponed or cancelled until April 6
Mayor Ken Siver declared a State of Emergency on March 13, 2020 in the city of Southfield in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Effective immediately, all city events and activities will be postponed or cancelled until April 6, 2020 or further notice.
All essential public safety services and departments including Police, Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, Public Works, Administration, Fiscal Services and Community Relations will continue to function as normal. The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated and City Hall will continue to function with staff required to report to work unless they are otherwise sick or showing symptoms. The City Clerk’s and City Treasurer’s Offices, Parks & Recreation, Southfield Public Library and other non-essential departments are closed to the public until further notice. Residents can still conduct city business online, via phone and through the City’s drop box.
“This is the time for everyone to take the coronavirus and social distancing very seriously,” commented Mayor Ken Siver. “We think it’s prudent to limit face to face contact and public interaction during this present outbreak. In addition to washing your hands, covering your cough and avoiding handshakes, we encourage all Southfield residents who feel ill to stay home and to avoid crowds of any size.”
The Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce 2020 State of the City scheduled for Monday, March 16 as well as the Community State of the Community set for March 19 have been postponed. Both events will be rescheduled in the near future and more information will be forthcoming as it is available. The City Council Meeting scheduled for March 16, 2020 has been postponed to March 23, 2020 at 6 p.m. via phone conference.
The City of Southfield will continue to closely monitor the situation to keep the community informed on the local level as more information becomes available. Please continue to visit the City’s website at www.cityofsouthfield.com for regular updates. Additional resources include the CDC's website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the State of Michigan's coronavirus web page at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. For businesses, the Oakland County Health Division has created a COVID-19 Business Toolkit found at www.bit.ly/OCCoronavirusToolkit. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) also launched a statewide hotline to respond to health-related questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) that will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136.