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WATCH: Duggan outlines city services that will reactivate under new safe workplace standards

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Posted at 1:07 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 15:55:48-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has outlined the first city services that will reactivate under new safe workplace standards.

Duggan announced the new standards on Monday. They will begin by bringing back 200 general services workers, grass cutting teams across the city, 160 AFSCME staff and 40 Teamster drivers.

The city will be opening five sites, including the Southfield and Davison yards, in order to spread out the staff. Everyone who works will have their temperatures checked.

Duggan said they worked with union leaders to determine who would be coming back to work and under what conditions.

Duggan was joined by Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair; Joe Valenti, president, Teamsters Local 214; Larry Roehrig, president, Michigan AFSCME Council 25; Felicia Hicks, Administrative Director, Michigan AFSCME Council 25.

Duggan said over the last seven days, the city has lost 124 residents. He also says, "we are strongly on the decline side of this."

Duggan says they're are currently 16 patients at the TCF Center and it will likely be shut down as an emergency hospital.

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