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COVID-19 changes continue for local area

MARQUETTE — The local COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.

The Marquette County Road Commission announced it remains open, although it has enacted several operational changes.

All buildings are closed to the public, and no walk-in traffic will be permitted. To contact the road commission, call 906-486-4491 or email MCRCAdmin@marqroad.org. All office and engineering employees will work from home. All business involving interaction with these employees, including permits, will be conducted by phone, electronically or by mail.

Maintenance employees will be dispatched from home, so people might see road commission vehicles parked in employee driveways or other places they are not normally parked.

Effective Monday, Marq-Tran will provide services to the county with door-to-door service only. People are asked to call 906-225-1112 for essential rides only and for work, medical and pharmacy supplies, and groceries. The rides are free. Hours of service remain the same, but there will be no fixed-route service and the Marquette Transfer Center will be closed until further notice.

The West Marquette County Sanitation Authority’s transfer station in west Ishpeming is closed until further notice.

Meijer announced it is temporarily suspending bottle and can returns at all of its Michigan stores. The retailer also asks customers to refrain from shopping with reusable bags unless they are using the Meijer Shop & Scan service.

Todd Poquette, director of adventure for the 906 Adventure Team, said registration for the Adventure Bike Club, which had been set for April 1, has been changed to a to-be-determined status. However, he said the Marji Camp as well as the Crusher and the Marji Gesick races still are a go.

“Marji Camp could be offered but we will not make any decision on it before early to mid-May,” Poquette said in a news release, adding that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and government guidelines will dictate what can be held this year.

Consumer hotline overwhelmed

Due to an abundance of calls related to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive orders, the Michigan Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline has been brought to a standstill.

The Attorney General’s Office reminds residents that any complaints related to the order should be directed to law enforcement agencies. The office also counts on its partners in law enforcement to remind people that failing to comply with Whitmer’s executive orders could result in a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail for each violation.

The Michigan Attorney General’s Consumer Protection team protects customers from unfair, deceptive and fraudulent business practices. The team has received thousands of complaints, but at this time, its main focus is cracking down on price gouging and scams related to COVID-19.

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