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EO 2020-77 Preparation for Future Openings

Thursday, May 7, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Lessway
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 to extend Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 28. The Governor’s order will allow manufacturing workers, including those at Michigan’s Big 3 auto companies, to resume work on Monday, May 11 as part of her MI Safe Start Plan. She also outlined the 6 phases of her MI Safe Start Plan, which she developed with leaders in health care, business, labor and education
The Governor shared that we are in Stage 3 of the recovery (flattening) and if we all proceed cautiously with our phase in process, we should soon move to Stage 4 which will release more restrictions. Several members have reached out for help on how to stay ahead of new openings and MBIA is researching protocols for opening showrooms, pools, clubhouses, and restrooms. Watch for this information to come to you soon.
Dealer work at Secretary of State's Office
Most recently we have been in touch with the Secretary of State's office to understand when they may be able to process the back log of dealer work for boats sold and registrations which may go back as far as January.
Many boat owners have only expired 15-day temporary forms in hand and want to use their boats. The SOS office has assured us they have been in touch with the Michigan Sheriff's Association to help them understand their inability to process work while they are furloughed. Once the SOS staff is allowed to go back to work, their priority will be dealer work catch up.
In the meantime, MBIA is also reaching out to the Michigan Sheriff's Association to help them understand that any expired registration, or vessel without MC numbers is not the fault of the boater at this time and that there should be no reason to pull over or cite a boater for this reason. We are working to get a letter in hand to share with our members sometime next week.
Virtual Boat Shows
MBIA is working to produce our three boat shows as we would normally, but will stay nimble to be prepared to adjust operations and procedures according to the situation at the time. We remain optimistic that we will be able to offer you an in-person selling opportunity, however, we are also researching the concept of virtual boat shows to help our members sell products and services either in place of, or in conjunction with, our traditional shows. We will soon be able to present to you what this may look like in order to get your input.

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