Governor Whitmer Lifts Indoor Mask Requirements for Those Fully Vaccinated

Starting May 15 at 9 a.m., those who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a mask when outside or inside.  

Governor Whitmer made the announcement Friday, and says this is another step in putting the pandemic behind us.  

“Throughout this entire pandemic, our north star has been data and science from the CDC, and our public health professionals and we are going to continue to listen and trust the experts,” said Governor Whitmer. “After months of getting out the damn vaccines, the data is clear.” 

While it does bring us closer to normalcy, Public Information Officer with LMAS Health Department Kerry Ott is worried those who aren’t vaccinated will abuse the updated gatherings and mask order as they aren’t required to disclose their status.

“I think a lot of people are taking this as a ‘yay we can do whatever we want’ and that’s not how this is really working,” said Ott. “My bigger concern are the people who are not vaccinated who are just ditching the masks and we just need people to do the right thing to take care of themselves, their families, and their neighbors.” 

This puts businesses in a tough spot. President of the Petoskey Area Chamber of Commerce Nikki Devitt said there is no way to confirm if those coming in are fully vaccinated.

“We’re asking our businesses right now to use some common sense practice, be kind and if someone comes into your establishment without a mask on, you’re going to have to assume that they are vaccinated,” said Devitt.  

As of May 14, 43% of Michiganders over the age of 16 have been fully vaccinated.