• Alyson Lemerand

Governor Whitmer Reopens Entire State


Governor Gretchen Whitmer has lifted the stay-at-home order after nearly two months of isolation. Around two weeks ago, she moved the upper peninsula, and the northernmost part of the lower peninsula to the improving stage of her MI Safe Start Plan. The Improving stage allowed restaurants, bars, retail businesses, and some office workers to return to work with protective requirements. Since then, there has been a steady decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths throughout the state. Because of the steady decline, the other regions within the state can join the northernmost part of the state in the improving stage; this reopening is moving along to phase four of her MI Safe Start plan. The reopening means restaurants will begin to have dine-in customers at 50% capacity while keeping six feet apart and servers wearing protective gear. Starting on June 4th, you can shop at retail businesses without appointments. While shopping, you should still maintain six feet apart and wear a face mask. Drive-in movie theaters can open immediately, whereas indoor movie theaters are to remain closed. Gatherings outside can be up to 100 people; if you don't live in the same household, you should still maintain six feet apart. Gov. Whitmer keeps gyms, salons, casinos, and tattoo parlors closed because they require you to be in close contact with customers.

Governor Whitmer is hoping to have the whole state be onto Phase 5, the containing stage, before July 4th. By the end of this week, depending on the coronavirus numbers, she may move the upper peninsula and the northernmost part of the lower peninsula to phase 5. Within phase 5, cases and deaths will continue to decrease, and outbreaks will be contained quickly.

For more information on phase four and reopening of the entire state visit:

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2020/06/01/michigans-reopening

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