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State updates MI COVID-19 Safer Dining Program for restaurants

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Posted at 1:35 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 13:35:18-05

(WSYM) — The State of Michigan is expanding its new Safer Dining Program.

The program promotes ventilation in Michigan restaurants and food establishments. Under the program, restaurants utilize a licensed HVAC contractor or engineer to inspect their ventilation systems and receive recommended changes to improve circulation within their workplace and reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.

The state is encouraging restaurants to have their HVAC system inspected to ensure effective ventilation.

Once the process is successfully completed, restaurants will receive a certificate to post that verifies their participation.

“This voluntary program compliments the State’s outreach and educational efforts related to HVAC and other workplace safety programs,” said COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director Sean Egan in a press release. “We remain committed to helping businesses implement processes and techniques to maximize safety through layered mitigation strategies, and this program is another opportunity for businesses to do just that.”

Businesses can begin the process now by visiting Michigan.gov/COVIDSaferDining to download the program participation forms.

The website also offers a variety of support resources for restaurants and other businesses, including resources to locate licensed HVAC contractors across Michigan.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proposed funding to support the Safer Dining Program as part of a $10 million supplemental budget request for restaurant support through MIOSHA.