COVID-19 Update

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The health and safety of all Detroit residents, visitors and employees is the Downtown Detroit Partnership's (DDP) top priority.

DDP is working in conjunction with the City of Detroit, the Detroit Police Department, the Detroit Health Department, Wayne County and state and local entities on a regular basis to obtain updated information on the Coronavirus.

We are in this together and will keep you informed on how these changes impact our parks and public spaces. We also want to provide supportive resources for our community. At DDP, we hope that these updates and resources provide comfort and peace of mind during a universally challenging time.


On Friday, April 24, Governor Whitmer announced an extension to her original statewide “stay home, stay safe” Executive Order for nonessential workers in order to curtail the growth of the coronavirus outbreak. The shelter-in-place order  will be in place through Friday, May 15. The order directs everyone to stay in their homes unless they are a member of the essential workforce group, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, such as going to the hospital or the grocery store. The extension comes with loosened restrictions so some businesses can reopen and the
general public can participate in more outdoor activities like golf and boating. Businesses that were once halted, including landscapers, lawn service companies, plant nurseries and bike
shops, can resume operations as long as social distancing rules (staying six feet apart) are followed. Retailers can reopen garden centers and areas dedicated to selling carpet and paint.

Essential businesses include hospitals, grocery stores, banks, restaurants (carryout and delivery), energy and utilities, law enforcement and public works like the news media. 

In accordance with a previous Executive Order given by Governor Whitmer to close all restaurants and bars for dine-in services, Lumen and Parc are closed altogether until the Executive Order is lifted. DTE’s Beacon Park has canceled all scheduled events through at least May 15, 2020. We have also suspended DDP's Downtown Street Eats food truck program.

We will continue to work with local, state, and federal officials to operate with the most up-to-date and comprehensive measures. Programming will return when it is safe to do so. With the summer season a few months away, we hope that the situation will be resolved by then. DDP will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates on our Facebook and Instagram channels as new information is available.

Stay engaged by taking our Downtown Detroit Perceptions Survey

We invite you to share your voice by taking the survey HERE. In times such as these, your feedback is appreciated more than ever. Your input will help us improve services and assist in planning for future Downtown programs. 

How the Downtown Detroit Partnership and the Downtown BIZ is responding to COVID-19

This is an unprecedented experience for our nation and DDP is taking appropriate measures during this time. 

The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after you have been in a public space. If you are Downtown in Campus Martius Park or Cadillac Square, take advantage of our handwashing stations located in both parks. Restrooms are also available in Beacon Park. 

The Downtown Detroit BIZ Continues to Keep Downtown Clean and Safe During COVID-19

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Parks and public spaces that are programmed and managed by the Downtown Detroit Partnership always adhere to high standards of cleanliness and safety. The Downtown Detroit BIZ Ambassador team employs rigorous sanitation methods and robust cleaning procedures, including:

  • Extensive and ongoing training for BIZ Ambassadors on maintaining safe and hygienic public spaces;
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfection of targeted areas;
  • Promotion of two new hand washing locations (Campus Martius Park and Cadillac Square);
  • Rapid-response trash collection with BIZ-owned sanitation compactor;
  • Stringent sanitation procedures for restrooms, benches, tables and chairs, and trash and recycling receptacles; and
  • Comprehensive cleaning and "wash down" procedures in all outdoor DDP programmed and managed locations. 

BIZ Resources for Local Small Businesses

We recognize that this is an extremely difficult time for small businesses. Below is a list of local, state, and federal resources that we compiled to provide supportive measures against the challenges brought on by COVID-19.



  • DDP Exclusive Conversation with Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and MEDC Interim CEO Mark Burton on state's COVID-19 Response + Federal Stimulus Package.
    On Wednesday, March 25, DDP hosted an exclusive call for DDP and BIZ Board Members with Mark Burton, Interim CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, to discuss Governor Whitmer's fast action and comprehensive statewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also joining us for the first time as a DDP Board Member was Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist who gave a summary of the $2 trillion federal stimulus package that was announced on Tuesday, March 24.
    Listen to the audio here.
  • State of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
    Michigan's Unemployment Insurance program provides temporary income to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own.
    Unemployment Insurance Agency
  • State of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
    The Paid Medical Leave Act can provide paid leave benefits for Michigan workers who need to take time off from work due to a serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition.
    Paid Medical Leave Act
  • State of Michigan Work Share Program Expansion
    The governor expanded the State’s Work Share program that can temporarily subsidize employer payroll to avoid layoffs during declines in regular business activity. Rather than being laid off, eligible employees work a reduced number of hours in the work week and receive a portion of weekly unemployment benefits. More information about Work Share
  • State Unemployment Resources for Employers and (eligible) Employees
    Employers can find unemployment resources online and eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits online at  or call 866-500-0017. You can also view and share the factsheet on how to apply for benefits.
  • Michigan Small Business Development Center Resources
    Weekly Webinars to help you manage throughout this crisis. For links to these webinars, plus a variety of other useful information visit:
  • Michigan COVID-19 Resource Page
    The State has extensive resources on the following website.


  • U.S. Small Business Administration
    The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) may be able to provide assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program to businesses that have suffered substantial economic injury in an eligible disaster area. More details forthcoming.
    SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending
  • USBG National Charity Foundation
    The USBG National Charity Foundation offers assistance to bartenders impacted by COVID-19 and have lost employment. They need not be a member of the U.S. Bartenders Guild to apply.
    Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
  • The U.S. Federal Reserve
    The Federal Reserve has cut its benchmark interest rate to zero. We encourage you to contact your local bankers, telecoms and utilities that may provide relief, such as:

    • Deferred bills, waived fees, discounts, no-interest loans, and other support;
    • Debt and late-penalty forgiveness for companies and workers; and favorable credit terms.


Community Support

Other Local and Federal Resources

  1. U.S. Chamber of Commerce 
    Resources, awareness and outreach and support for businesses related to COVID 19

  2. - Corporate Foundation Assistance
    This website contains ways that individuals, communities, governments, and businesses can seek assistance from corporate foundations and corporations alike.

  3. Small Business Development Centers
    Small Business Development Centers resources for COVID 19. SBDC will also be hosting webinars about cash flow support and liquidity, ecommerce, and human resources needs over the next two weeks.  These webinars are available in the training section of their website.

  4. - Small Business Association of Michigan resources for COVID 19

  5. - Michigan Municipal League site for COVID 19 supports for communities

  6. - National Main Street Program – Small business and community supports for those impacted by COVID 19

  7. - Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association COVID 19 supports

  8. - Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau has links to resources broadly for the travel industry and travelers related to COVID 19

  9. Email the Detroit Health Department at for questions about COVID-19.

  10. - The Detroit Health Department website is also a key source for information.