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.

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.


  • Small BIZ Resource Guide from the Downtown Detroit Partnership + the Downtown Detroit BIZ. COVID-19 has presented a challenging landscape for businesses. Together, the Downtown Detroit Partnership and Downtown Detroit BIZ have prepared this helpful resource guide to support small businesses during this unprecedented time.
    View Resource Guide
  • Detroit Means Business: This initiative is Detroit’s approach to reopening for business – complete with helpful resources to support small businesses as they plan. Visit the Detroit Means Business website to learn more about financial resources, and check out recorded webinars on finance, HR, operations and marketing. Click HERE to download the reopening playbook.
  • Wayne County Small Business Services
    Survey for small businesses to assess the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and identify support systems to lessen the burden. Please visit this link to complete the survey:
  • City of Detroit Business Owners' Covid-19 Rapid Alerts Facebook Group
    This is a Facebook group intended for Detroit Businesses only. You will be required to fill out a very brief questionnaire
  • Detroit Carryout Zone
    For businesses affected by the Executive Order closing restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc., the city has created a temporary program to provide Carryout Zones. Any restaurant that requests an on-street Carryout Zone will be given one for no fee.To request, fill out this form: will be installed by the Department of Public Works within 48 to 72 hours of your request.
    2. The program is 100% free to City of Detroit restaurants and does not require a permit, only a completed application3. For more information, please contact Dayo Akinyemi, DPW Deputy Director at 313.224.3901 or
  • Design Corp. Detroit
    Design Corp. Detroit is providing design services for businesses working on adapting to COVID-19 (physical setup, collateral, etc.) Learn more here:


  • 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.