Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

The City wants to make sure our residents and businesses are informed, so we will continue to provide frequent updates to our website, and refresh the links from the Federal, State, and County governments/agencies, while also giving you the ability to get your questions answered and take care of City business that you might have. We encourage residents and businesses to visit this page, the other resources listed at the bottom of this page, the City’s website and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter ) for additional information, as well as signing up for emergency alerts. 


Face coverings are required inside all public spaces, and in crowded outdoor areas. Wearing a face covering can significantly reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. 

Open letter to Residents from Mayor Stuart Bikson

The City continues to send out weekly messages through our alerting software on Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

  • Weekly messages are sent by text message, email, and/or a voice call, depending on the importance.  The message concludes with a link that directs residents, businesses, and others within the City’s geo-fence to go to a specific page (currently this page) on the City’s website.
  • The latest message sent out on May 8th reads as the following: Ready Rochester Message: Yesterday the Governor extended Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 28th, this order also allows manufacturing workers to resume work on Monday, May 11th. Our Advisory committee continued to meet this week, resources from these discussions are posted at  The DDA plans to host opening weekend of the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 30th, more information will be provided on the City and DDA websites. Public Works has resumed curbside brush pick-up, and residents can now place brush to be chipped at the curb for pick up. Finally, the City has posted signs in our public green spaces to continue to encourage proper social distancing while outdoors, please reference the attached flyer for guidance as you recreate outside. 
  • If an urgent message needs to be sent, this same system will be used, and additional directions will be provided within the call.
  • If you missed the call, and you want to hear the recording, call (248) 963-0751.
  • Sign-up here to receive messages from the City or text "Join ReadyRochester" to 30890.
  • Take a "Census-Break" - April is Census month participate by taking 10-minutes to complete the Census at . Call (248) 733-3700 or email with questions. 

The City Hall and other City buildings closed until at least May 15 - City Updates:  

  • Although City Hall and Public Works Campus is closed to the public, residents, businesses, and contractors, can get many of your City related questions answered by calling City Hall at (248) 733-3700.  Please leave a voicemail message, with your name, phone number, the reason you called, and a staff member will return your call.  
  • **UPDATED**   GFL has advised the City that they will once AGAIN pick-up yard waste.  The City has already suspended branch pickup and chipping until further notice.  Trash and recycling will also still be picked up by GFL, as it is deemed important to health and safety!  
  • City Council meetings will take place virtually. Details on how to participate by following link 
  • Finance questions can be answered by sending an email to:  
  • Many fees, including parking tickets and water bills can also be paid onlineThe credit card processing fee has been waived through April 30, 2020. Residents can also take advantage of the Drop-Box on the Northeast parking lot at City Hall.
  • Water bill payments can be made online through the City’s website or via the following direct link: If residents are unsure of their owed balance, please call (248) 733-3700 Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • **UPDATED**  Due to COVID-19 the City Council authorized a water bill grace period.
  • More As there have been a few resident questions about water, the City wants to assure businesses and residents that the COVID-19 has no impact on drinking water and affirm that the City’s water (both GLWA and Well) is safe to drink and use.
  • The City has also suspended parking collections thru April 30th. The City will forgo collecting hourly fees at public decks, metered parking lots, and metered street parking. This should allow easier access to restaurants and businesses. Click here for Carryout/Delivery Guide. 
  • In partnership with the OPC, City of Rochester staff are calling seniors within Rochester to check on their well-being. The City advises seniors: DO NOT GIVE OUT PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION.
  • City Events and Activities Updates: 
    • Regularly scheduled virtual* City Council meeting on April 27th.
    • Special virtual* DDA meeting date TBD.
    • Regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting will be on May 4th.  It will be a virtual meeting.
    • All other public meetings will be virtual through April 30th. Additionally, the City is postponing the State of the City (re-scheduled date TBD); and has cancelled the 2020 Rochester Heritage Day Event.
    • Information regarding virtual meeting access can be found at 
    • Join the Rochester Birthday Club to have Rochester Police or Fire help celebrate your Child’s birthday. 
    • Help boost our local businesses by taking part in daily events while respecting social distancing! For more information about each of the daily promotions visit Downtown Rochester Facebook Page or the Love Local Facebook Group.

Resources from the CDC, State, and County: 

The City of Rochester is continuing to monitor news sources and agency updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Oakland County Health Department for the latest information and guidance.

Plan, prepare, and respond to the Coronavirus Disease with the CDC’s “Resources for Households”.

Decisions about the implementation of community measures will continue to be made by City, County, and State officials, in consultation with Federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of COVID-19. Implementation will require extensive community engagement, with ongoing and transparent public health communications.

Consider Donating 

The Greater Rochester Community Foundation

The Rochester Area Neighborhood House

The American Red Cross


Info for Businesses in Rochester – Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Reopening Safely Advisory Committee - On Monday, April 14th City Council authorized the creation of an advisory committee with a focus on discussing and providing guidance on what will be needed to reopen safely.  As this Committee meets and provides recommendations, additional details will be posted here. More information can be found at

Additional direction and guidance may change, as this continues to be a fluid and ongoing public health event. Please visit the City, Oakland County, the State of Michigan, and the CDC’s website for updates.

Last Updated:  7/15/2020 @ 11:30pm