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Muskegon Heights declares state of emergency

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 17:33:10-04

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — The City of Muskegon Heights has announced a state of emergency.

Effective April 2 at 8 p.m., the following measures will be enacted for the next 14 days under the declaration by the city manager, which is dated April 1.

The order says that to direct residents to "remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible," the city will aggressively pursue:

  • Strict enforcement of the city’s and the respective requirements to eliminate unnecessary nighttime activities or gathering of adults and children outside of the place of residence and of people not part of a single household, prohibiting in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life, except as required for essential travel or critical infrastructure works as described by the governor’s executive orders.
  • Community engagement to encourage enhanced compliance with the six-foot social distancing practice, the increased use of hand washing and sanitization practices, the cleanup and sanitation of all common areas and the use of all available personal protective equipment.

The order mentions that the placement of personal bulk Items on the curb for pickup is suspended: do not place bulk items on the curb for pickup; remove any bulk Items improperly placed on the curb; and any bulk items that need to be disposed of must be coordinated and arranged in advance with the department of public works.

The order also includes the closure of public parks and city-owned spaces to leisure activities that involve team sports.

By the order, the closure of Muskegon Heights City Hall to restrict public access is extended to April 13 at 11:59 p.m. This may be subject to further extension.

Within 14 days, a resolution will be presented to the city council for consideration — to confirm, expand or reduce the measures listed above and/or extend the duration of the city's state of emergency.

Read the full emergency declaration

Download the city's declaration here.