• Alyson Lemerand

Northern Michigan - Moving onto Governor Whitmer's next phase!

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that parts of northern Michigan would begin opening up. According to Whitmer's six-phase, MI Safe Start Plan, the entire state is in phase three, the flattening phase. Since then, the upper peninsula and the northernmost part of the lower peninsula have seen a steady decrease in positive cases and a low number of deaths each day (compared to the states average). Gov. Whitmer has announced that these two regions will begin the next phase of her Safe Start Plan, the improving stage. This phase will include the reopening of certain businesses Friday, May 22nd. Businesses that will be allowed to reopen with regulations include:

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Retail Businesses

  • Office job that cannot be done remotely

The regulations that will be followed include: Remaining at 50% capacity, all customers not in the same group will be six feet apart, servers will wear face masks, and face masks should be worn by customers till seated. Businesses will also be enforcing new safety protocols and will be increasing the cleaning and disinfecting.

The rest of the state can move onto phase four, the improving phase, when we can clearly see a decline in the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Until then, Gov. Whitmer is still encouraging everyone to follow the 3 Ws: wear a mask, wait six feet apart from each other, and wash your hands.

For more information on what businesses can reopen visit:


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